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Old February 19th, 2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default US Women's Team Pursuit Strategy

During the quarterfinals of the Olympic Women's Team Pursuit, Team USA had Mia Manganello pull for what appeared to be the last 3 laps (I was only half paying attention when she went to the front). She was clearly gassed at the end. Any insights into this strategy? They skated in the last group and got the 4th Semi-final spot, splitting less than a 1 second gap from 3rd to 5th. They will face the Netherlands, but I don't think this is a significant advantage (if any) over facing the world champions from Japan.

My best guess is they decided they are racing for bronze and tried to save Bergsma and Bowe's legs. I know nothing about Carlijn Schoutens, but I'm guessing she will replace Mia for the Bronze final. This strategy would mean they will basically throw their semifinal race to save their legs. Am I missing something? Sadly, it likely has come to this or Joey in the mass start for US Speedskating to not get shutout (again).

The linked article described the strategy as, "Manganello led the pack in the last couple of laps while Bergsma and Bowe pushed from behind, a strategy that paid off."
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Old February 20th, 2018, 12:25 PM   #2
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Neither Mia or Carli can run with the other 2. Strategy was to basically push Mia around the track. They wouldn't have made it if Mia would have dropped back. They haven't trained for this race together at all. They went out with pretty much no notice and now have a chance to podium.

I'm not sure about the rules, but I believe if the US coach would have known we had a slot in the pursuit, he could have brought a specialist as an add on. Again, I don't know what the rules state for that event.
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