KEARNS, Utah — While not making the United States Olympic speed skating team might be a major disappointment for some, Sarah Warren is taking it in stride.
She is well aware that her peak as a long-track skater isn’t now and it might not even be in four years. It could be as long as eight years before the Willowbrook native is at her best.
One reason is that her attentions are divided between different sports. She’s young enough to focus on speed skating for the future without sacrificing her other athletic pursuits.
At age 17, the Hinsdale South senior finished ninth in the 1,000-meter race on Dec. 29 at the U.S. Olympic long-track skating trials in Kearns, Utah. One day earlier, Warren was eighth in the 500 meters.
When all the races were completed, eight women had earned spots on the team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. The youngest is 23-year-old Sugar Todd. Six of the eight members are 25 or older.