Dudek talks team relay ban, 'Rally for Aly' as she goes for gold in Sochi
Alyson Dudek, USA Speedskating (short track), from Hales Corners. Image by Jim Urquhart-USA TODAY Sports
Winning an Olympic bronze medal in the short track speedskating relay race four years ago in Vancouver, you figured Alyson Dudek would skate easily into the Sochi 2014 Games in the team relay competition.
That was hardly the case, as her U.S. team was disqualified from heats in the short track World Cup event recently held in Russia, and the U.S. team was banned from competing in Sochi.
"We had really high hopes. Unfortunately, at the two events that were the Olympic qualifiers, we got a bit of bad luck and unfortunately got disqualified in the first round. It hurts so much, but that's short track," said Dudek in an interview with TODAY'S TMJ4's Lance Allan.
"We can only control so much. Short track gets messy. It's dangerous, and there's lots of movement. When we kind of mixed up with that other team, things to a little sketchy...the ref unfortunately made the call against the U.S."
Dudek qualified as an individual on the final day of the U.S. trials. Off the ice, the Hales Corners native is like a lot of Olympic athletes, needing your support.
"I've started a 'Rally Me' account...they help athletes create an account to have supporters rally you to your goal. Mine is 'Rally Aly to Sochi,' and anybody can go on there and make a donation."
Donations will help offset her costs of training.