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Michigan athletes @ Sochi Olympics: Rookard finishes 10th in speed skating

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Jilleanne Rookard of Woodhaven finished 10th in the women's 3,000 meter skating event and also got to skate against a medal winner.

Russian fans waved their national flag and cheered loudly for Olga Graf as she finished seven seconds ahead of Rookard in their heat. Graf's time of 4:03.47 earned her and Russia a bronze medal.

It is Rookard's second Winter Olympics. She finished 12th in the 3,000 meters in 2010.

She seemed please with the results and was enjoying her surroundings. The 31-year-old Rookard completed the race in 4:10.03.



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