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APOLO EIGHT
March 10, 2010
Apolo Ohno (right, front) explained the crazy finish in simple terms: "There was a lot of bumping, a lot of contact. I got tangled up. That's short-track. Anything is possible." Indeed, Ohno's improbable silver medal in the 1,500 meters on Day 2—two of the three South Korean skaters ahead of him crashed on the final turn, also allowing U.S. teammate J.R. Celski (top, far left) to steal the bronze—set the tone for an unforgettable show. Ohno, who came into the Games with five career medals, added drama to every session as he tied and then broke Bonnie Blair's U.S. Winter Olympic record of six. Cheered on not only by his father, Yuki, a Japanese immigrant who raised him as a single parent, but also by fan Michael Phelps, Ohno passed Blair on Day 9 by winning a bronze in the 1,000. Six nights later he toed the line one last time, after a silver medal performance in the women's 1,000 by Katherine Reutter (above, 157), a 21-year-old from Illinois who took up the sport after meeting Blair as a child. In the men's relay, Ohno, 27, teamed with (top, from left), Celski, Simon Cho and Travis Jayner (and Jordan Malone, not shown) to win medal number eight, a bronze. "It would be nice to have him stay around until 2014," said Cho, who's just 18. Ohno left the door open: "I never say never."
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March 10, 2010

Apolo Eight

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Apolo Ohno (right, front) explained the crazy finish in simple terms: "There was a lot of bumping, a lot of contact. I got tangled up. That's short-track. Anything is possible." Indeed, Ohno's improbable silver medal in the 1,500 meters on Day 2—two of the three South Korean skaters ahead of him crashed on the final turn, also allowing U.S. teammate J.R. Celski (top, far left) to steal the bronze—set the tone for an unforgettable show. Ohno, who came into the Games with five career medals, added drama to every session as he tied and then broke Bonnie Blair's U.S. Winter Olympic record of six. Cheered on not only by his father, Yuki, a Japanese immigrant who raised him as a single parent, but also by fan Michael Phelps, Ohno passed Blair on Day 9 by winning a bronze in the 1,000. Six nights later he toed the line one last time, after a silver medal performance in the women's 1,000 by Katherine Reutter (above, 157), a 21-year-old from Illinois who took up the sport after meeting Blair as a child. In the men's relay, Ohno, 27, teamed with (top, from left), Celski, Simon Cho and Travis Jayner (and Jordan Malone, not shown) to win medal number eight, a bronze. "It would be nice to have him stay around until 2014," said Cho, who's just 18. Ohno left the door open: "I never say never."

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