COLUMBIA — Missouri's Emily Scott is the only American woman to advance to the quarterfinals in the 500m short track speed skating event at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Scott, who made the transition from inline to ice five years ago to compete in the Olympics, finished second in her heat Monday with a time of 45.210 seconds.
Her father, Craig Scott, was in Sochi, Russia, cheering her on.
"We feel great," Scott texted early Monday. "We are one step closer to a medal."
For the next race, Scott said his daughter needs to work on a good start and more speed.
"She has the jitters out now," Craig Scott said.
According to the Bleacher Report, Jessica Smith fell during her heat and did not qualify. Alyson Dudek was disqualified, leaving Scott the only American to advance.
In total, 16 women advanced to the quarterfinals. The round had eight heats, with four skaters in each. The two fastest skaters in each heat qualified.
Canadian Marianne St-Gelais, who won the silver medal in Vancouver, had the best time from her heat. She finished with a time of 43.729 seconds according to The Sports Network. The winner of the bronze medal in 2010, Arianna Fontana of Italy, also qualified easily.
Fan Kexin of China skated the best time of 43.356.
The quarterfinals will take place Thursday. The top eight will then compete in the semifinals, with the fastest four advancing to the finals later that day.
Scott will compete in the 1500m race on Saturday and the 1000m race on Feb. 18.
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