LIVE! Jonathan Kuck in Sochi

Champaign native Jonathan Kuck is set to take the ice in Sochi in the 5,000-meter speedskating event.

The Illinois student will compete in the first of his three events at these Winter Games.

Kuck is competing in the 10th of 13 heats in the 5,000. The Netherlands are the medal favorites.

The 23-year-old is next on the ice. Turn to NBC Sports Network to watch.


If you're watching, they are resurfacing the ice. So you haven't missed anything!


To put himself in medal position, Kuck needs to skate faster than 6 minutes, 22.83 seconds. But the top skaters are next. So, he probably needs to be faster than leader Denis Yuskov of Russia in 6:19.51 to have a shot at a podium finish.


Kuck is paired with Dutch skater Sven Kramer. He's the favorite for gold. If he is able to stick with Kramer, that would be a great sign.

Kramer famously was disqualified in Vancouver for an illegal lane change in Vancouver in the 10,000 event, as they just mentioned on the coverage. He's hungry to right that wrong.


Kuck with a difficult skate, according to the announcers. The Champaign native is in 13th place after finishing in 6 minutes, 31.53 seconds.

Kuck still has two events remaining, the 1,500 and the team pursuit.


The Dutch skaters swept the podium, Sven Kramer winning gold in an Olympic record 6:10.76.

Kuck finishes 19th.

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