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For Swider-Peltz, a wonderful, upsetting day

February 26, 2010 |  3:11 pm

By Philip Hersh

VANCOUVER, B.C. --  Two skaters coached by 4-time Olympian Nancy Swider-Peltz of Wheaton, Ill., played roles in huge upsets by U.S. trios in the speedskating team pursuit Friday.

The women moved knocked off top-ranked Canada in the quarterfinals as the coach's daughter, Nancy Jr., joined Jilleanne Rookard and Jennifer Rodriguez combined to win by 5/100ths of a second.  They move on to a Saturday semifinal against Germany, the defending Olympic champions.

Brian Hansen of Glenview, Il., also coached by Swider-Peltz, teamed with Jonathan Kuck of Champaign, Il. and Chad Hedrick to rout the top-ranked Dutch in the semis.  After trailing for the first minute of the 3-minute, 42-second race, they built up a lead of 1.43 seconds before winning by .4.

They meet No. 3 Canada in Saturday's final.

Nancy Swider-Peltz Sr. competed at the 1976, 1980, 1984 and 1988 Olympics, with her top finish a 7th in the 3000 meters in 1976  Her daughter and Hansen are skating in their first Olympics.