Alex Ochowicz of Palo Alto finished 10th in the 1,500 meters Tuesday after recording his second consecutive personal best at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah.

Ochowicz, a former hockey player who attended Palo Alto High before moving to Wisconsin for training, finished in time of 1 minute 48.77 seconds -- just behind Stanford's Edwin Park, who was ninth.

U.S. star Shani Davis of Chicago won his signature race to qualify for the Sochi Games in his third event.

Heather Richardson of High Point, N.C., won her third consecutive race and Floridan Brittany Bowe was second for the third time as the American stars also qualified for three events in Sochi. Sugar Todd was fourth to make her third event, too. Jilleanne Rookard, who won the 3,000 meters last week, finished third.

Davis won in 1.43.20, followed by Olympic qualifiers Brian Hansen, Joey Mantia and Jonathan Kuck.

Ochowicz had his best 1,500 performance since 2011. But Park's time of 1.48.53 was well off his personal best set last month in Calgary, Canada.

Ochowicz's sister, Elli is a three-time Olympic skater who also failed to qualify for the Sochi Games. Their mom is three-time Olympic speedskating medalist Sheila Young, a Menlo Park schoolteacher. Their father, Jim Ochowicz, is a 1972 Olympian in track cycling who now manages the BMC Pro cycling team based in Santa Rosa.

The trials end Wednesday with the women's 5,000 and men's 10,000 distant races.


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