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Chris Witty Drops Out of Olympic 1,500-Meter Event


American speedskater Chris Witty has dropped out of the women's 1,500-meter race to end her Olympic career after two disappointing performances at the Turin Winter Olympics.

Witty was a three-time medalist competing in her fourth Winter Games. But she placed last of the 28 skaters who finished the 500-meter event. Witty was 27th in Sunday's 1,000-meter race.

Witty's training was hampered by a groin injury she sustained in December at a World Cup meet in Turin. She also was having problems with her hip.

The 30-year-old Witty carried the American flag at the Turin opening ceremonies. Her 1,000-meter world record (1:13.83) set while winning gold in the 1,000-meter race at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games still stands. She also won silver and bronze medals at the 1998 Nagano Games.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.