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    Apollo Ohno wins Silver & JR Celski wins Bronze @ Olympics

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    Apollo Ohno wins Silver & JR Celski wins Bronze @ Olympics

    Post  prinze on Sat 20 Feb 2010, 7:00 am

    JR Celski wins Bronze Medal in Vancouver

    Apollo Ohno & JR Celski compete in short track on Saturday night for possibly another medal. I'm hoping they win a gold & silver.
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    Re: Apollo Ohno wins Silver & JR Celski wins Bronze @ Olympics

    Post  prinze on Sun 21 Feb 2010, 8:24 am

    Apollo Ohno won Bronze and JR Celski did not qualify to skate in the final on Saturday night.
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    Apollo Anton Ohno wins 8th Medal

    Post  prinze on Sat 27 Feb 2010, 8:32 am

    Posted: Feb 26, 11:16p ET | Updated: Feb 27, 3:05a ET
    Ohno earns No. 8 with relay bronze American on 500m DQ: 'I guess the judge saw something I didn't'

    VANCOUVER (AP) -- 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.

    "I never say never," Ohno said. "I need a break from this sport that's been very good to me."

    Ohno remade himself in the months leading up to the games, slimming down to 142 pounds -- 25 less than he weighed at his first Olympics in 2002.

    "Apolo is an incredible athlete," U.S. teammate Katherine Reutter said. "He works harder than anyone I know."

    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.

    "This is very important for me," Ohno said, referring to his eighth medal. "I train with these guys year-round. They pour their heart and soul into this sport as well. I want to be able to share a medal with these guys and we did. We delivered."

    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.

    "He's a very excellent athlete, exceptional in every way," China's Han Jialiang said.

    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.

    Yves Hamelin, Canada's team leader, said he ranks Ohno among the top five best short track skaters, along with some of the South Koreans.

    "He's one of the smartest racers," he said. "We have to really give a great respect to Apolo."

    http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-features/news/newsid=450230.html#how+great+ohno+gets+no

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