SOCHI, Russia -- She’s among the best in the world. She’s a champion. She’s an Olympian.
But to those who know her, she’s simply Heather from High Point, North Carolina.
Heather Richardson is shy, her parents say. With a bevy of medals and two trips to the Olympics, she lets success do the talking for her.
“You put her out there in front of an audience or on the skates and it’s all about her,” her mom Pat Richardson says.
Heather’s parents were competitive roller skaters. She began her personal career at Rol-A-Rink on Main Street. The owner was the one to suggest Heather join a speed skating team because she continuously beat all the boys. By age 10, the young competitor was breaking records.
Heather transitioned to ice in Charlotte at Eastland Mall. Flash forward a decade later, and she’s competing at the Olympics again in Sochi. Her parents are among those watching Heather in the Sochi stands, along with her fiancé, Dutch speed skater Jorrit Bergsma, who won a bronze medal during these games. Bergsma proposed to her in the sand of Myrtle Beach.
“They are going to have the grandchildren fastest for you.” –DW
“Yes they are!” – PR
Richardson’s performances haven’t been her best in Sochi, but her team wants to continue to do their best.