Carlijn Schoutens wins 3,000 meters for U.S. Olympic berth

MILWAUKEE -- Carlijn Schoutens won the 3,000 meters at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials.

The 23-year-old who was born in New Jersey to Dutch parents made her first Olympic team after finishing first in 4 minutes, 14.03 seconds on Tuesday at the Pettit National Ice Center.

Schoutens finished 1.71 seconds ahead of the next-fastest skater, Mia Manganello at 4:15.74, to claim the only spot available on the team for next month's Olympics in South Korea.

"It's been a goal for a long time and to make it happen, it's just unbelievable," Schoutens said.

The 3,000 was the first event of the trials, which run through Sunday.

The men's 5,000 is later Tuesday, but there is no spot available on the Olympic team, so the winner will have to be satisfied with being crowned national champion.