NAGANO, Japan (AP) _ Catriona LeMay-Doan says all she has to do is skate to win an Olympic gold medal. She made it look just that easy in the first women's 500-meter speedskating race Friday.

LeMay-Doan lost her balance at the start but still managed an Olympic record at 38.39 seconds. She leads fellow Canadian Susan Auch, the silver medalist in Lillehammer, going into the final race.

Auch finished in 38.42, while Japan's Tomomi Okazaki turned in a 38.55 in the last heat to wind up in third.

Chris Witty of West Allis, Wisc. was sixth in 39.09.