SOCHI – High Point native and Olympic athlete Heather Richardson competed Tuesday in the 500m speedskating event at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

She placed eighth overall after two races.

Richardson is skating in the 500m, 1,000m and 1,500m events at the Olympics. She is scheduled to skate in the 1,000m event Thursday and the 1,500m Sunday.

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Initially, the Richardsons could only afford to send Heather's mom to Sochi to support her. But, WFMY News 2's Liz Crawford reported this weekend that community members rallied together to raise enough money to send Heather's dad, too.

Richardson defeated Brittany Bowe last December at the U.S. speedskating trials in Utah to qualify in this year's Olympics.