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SPEEDSKATER CRUIKSHANK QUALIFIES FOR OLYMPIC TEAM

David Cruikshank is known as the master mechanic on the U.S. Olympic speedskating team for the hours he's spent tinkering with the squad's newfangled clap skates.

Cruikshank finally mastered them himself, qualifying for the Nagano Olympics with a second-place finish in the men's 500 meters at the U.S. Long Track Olympic trials at the Pettit Ice Center.

Cory Carpenter of Brookfield, Wis., and David Tamburrino of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., joined pre-race qualifier KC Boutiette of Tacoma, Wash., as qualifiers in the men's 1,500.

Chris Witty, of West Allis, who qualified in the women's 1,000 on Saturday, qualified in the 500 and 1,500 Sunday, with a two-day time of 78.8 seconds in the 500 meters and 2:01.17 in the 1,500 race.

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