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Apolo Anton Ohno adds to medal collection, wins bronze in men's 5,000-meter relay


Apolo Anton Ohno threw up his arms in a what-can-I-do gesture and smiled.
    The American short track speedskater had just been disqualified in the 500 meters, but he wasn't leaving the Vancouver Olympics empty-handed Friday night.
    Ohno returned later and anchored the United States to a bronze-medal finish in the chaotic 5,000 relay, giving him his eighth career medal.
    It was Ohno's third medal of these games, to go with a silver and another bronze that made him America's most decorated Winter Olympian. He already has the most short track medals of any skater.
    The 45-lap relay ended a wild final night of short track, marked by crashes, disqualifications and capricious skating.
    It also might have been the final Olympic race of Ohno's stellar career. He is contemplating retirement, although U.S. national coach Jimmy Jang is hoping to convince the 27-year-old skater from Seattle to compete in a fourth Olympics in 2014.
    “He's a very excellent athlete, exceptional in every way,” China's Han Jialiang said.
    Ohno skated the final two laps of the U.S. relay, sticking out his left skate at the finish before getting edged by South Korea's Kwak Yoon-gy. Canada won the gold and South Korea earned the silver.
    Ohno slapped hands and exchanged hugs with teammates J.R. Celski, Travis Jayner and Jordan Malone. He waved to the crowd before skating to the boards and hugging an ecstatic Jang, a longtime friend.
    Ohno then skated over to congratulate the Canadians, nearly stepping on their Maple Leaf flag. He also shook hands with his South Korean rivals.
    On the podium, a roar went up as Ohno's name was announced and the medal slipped over his slicked-back hair. He held up his bronze in one hand and waved his bouquet in the other.
    The medal salvaged the night for Ohno after he was disqualified in the 500, apparently for causing a crash in the final turn. He crossed the finish line second behind Canada's Charles Hamelin, whose momentum spun him into the middle of the ice as the race ended.
    Ohno was in last place when he tried to go inside of Canadian Francois-Louis Tremblay to move up on the final turn. The American's right leg appeared to hit Tremblay and he went crashing into the padding.
    South Korea's Sung Si-bak also went down, although it appeared he lost his balance.
    After several minutes of discussion, during which Ohno skated calmly around the ice, the referees DQ'd him. He smiled, fully aware of the unpredictable nature of his sport.
    Ohno managed to get past crashes in both his previous heats to advance to the 500 final, which he won four years ago in Turin.
    Hamelin won the gold. Sung took silver and Tremblay got bronze.

Photo: The crash near the end of the men's 500. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.

Apolo Anton Ohno disqualified in men's 500-meter final


Short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno didn't add another medal to his collection Friday night, when he was disqualified for pushing in the final of the men's 500 meters at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

Ohno appeared to push Francois-Louis Tremblay of Canada on the final turn, causing Tremblay and South Korean skater Sung Si-Bak to fall.

Charles Hamelin of Canada won the gold, Sung the silver, Tremblay the bronze. Ohno has one more chance to win a medal later Friday night in the men's 5,000-meter relay.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Apolo Anton Ohno, left, was disqualified for pushing the skater in front of him on the final turn. Credit: John David Mercer, U.S. Presswire.

Apolo Anton Ohno wins bronze in men's 1,000-meter short-track speedskating


Apolo Anton Ohno of the U.S. won the bronze medal in men's 1,000-meter short-track speedskating Saturday, becoming the most decorated American in Winter Olympics history. It was Ohno's seventh medal. Lee Jung-Su of South Korea won the gold, Lee Ho-Suk of South Korea won the silver.

Ohno also:

-- has the most medals won by a short-track speedskater, regardless of nation;

-- is the sixth short-track speedskater to win medals at three Winter Olympics;

-- is tied for 15th on the career Winter Olympics medals list;

-- is tied for seventh in career Winter Olympics medals by men.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Apolo Anton Ohno in a quarterfinal heat of the 1,000 meters on Saturday. Credit: George Bridges / McClatchy-Tribune

Anton Ohno, Celski advance to quaterfinals of 1,000-meter short-track speedskating event


Apolo Anton Ohno and J.R. Celski advanced to the quarterfinals in the men’s 1,000-meter short-track speedskating event, which will be held on Saturday.

Ohno won his heat in 1:25.940, while Celski was second in his heat with a 1:25.113. Si-Bak Sung of Aouth Korea posted the fastest time in qualifying with an Olympic record 1:24.245. Travis Jayner of the U.S. was unable to advance from his heat, finishing third with a 1:26.870.

The men’s team of Celski, Jayner, Ohno and Simon Cho advanced to the finals in the 5,000-meter relay, which will be held Feb. 26.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: J.R. Celski. Credit: Guy Whodes, U.S. Presswire.

Apolo Anton Ohno takes silver medal


American short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno took the silver medal in the men's 1,500 meters Saturday night and teammate J.R. Celski captured the bronze when two competitors crashed on the final turn.

South Korea's Lee Jung-su, who had the lead on the final lap, won the gold medal. Teammates Sung Si-bak and Lee Ho-suk collided when jockeying for position on the final turn, preventing a sweep by the Koreans.

Ohno has now won six medals in Winter Olympic competition, tying with long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair for most by an American.

-- Dan Loumena

Photo: Apolo Anton Ohno reacts after qualifying for the final Saturday night. Credit: Amy Sancetta / Associated Press

Apolo Anton Ohno cruises into the men's 1,500-meters semifinals


Apolo Anton Ohno easily advanced through the preliminaries of the men's 1,500-meter short-track speedskating competition, moving closer to getting a shot at tying Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.

Ohno spent most of the race trailing the pack before turning on the jets near the end and blowing past the field to take first place.

He crossed the finish line far ahead of the rest of the competition. Ohno was not expected to medal in the 1,500 meters. The semifinals and finals will be held later tonight.

-- Houston Mitchell in Vancouver, Canada

Photo: Apolo Anton Ohno peeks over his shoulder as he cruises to the finish line. Credit: Amy Sancetta, Associated Press.


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