Oh No, Ohno – say it isn’t so!

February 28, 2010

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Waving a final Goodbye to the Short Track Speedskating chapter of his life? Only time will tell… Sadly, we have a feeling it is…

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Bronze medalist Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States celebrates after the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Parting is such sweet sorrow…or more accurately, just bittersweet. Apolo spent his last moments on the ice, hugging his teamates and shaking hands with his competitors. It looked oh so much like a final goodbye – to the competitive ice, to the cheering fans, to his teamates and coaches alongside which he has toiled, to all those competitors of other nations he has spent years winning and losing against for over a decade, and finally, a long, heartfelt hug to the father who has been there through it all.

Will this be the last flight of Apolo on Olympic ice? It truly appears so. One never knows, two years from now, when the summer Olympics will be in full swing, he may once again hear the siren’s song of competition – and decides to give it one more go. I have no doubt it will only be if he feels he can step up on the podium once again. Such an athlete is not satisfied just to compete…but believing that they have the ability to win.

Would he have liked to leave the games with another gold or two? Only he knows for sure. That I would have wished only for himself. He walks away with a handsome haul, a feat in and of itself. What I as a fan am most proud of him for, was leaving it all out on the ice for the men’s relay. Giving his all and helping to send the entire men’s team home with a medal. Certainly he had enough accolades and trophies of his own. If he is truly going to leave the competitive skating world, I’m glad it was on this particular high note, and it was one he could share with all his teamates.

So farewell Apolo, if this be the end. Congratulations on 8 career Olympic Medals. You will be sorely missed on the slippery and wily ice. We will continue to follow your career, whether you are dancing with the stars…or merely wishing on them.
May good fortune follow you wherever you go.
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PILE UP: Apolo Ohno skates into mayhem on the last turn of the men’s 500-meter short track speedskating final at Pacific Coliseum. Ohno crossed the finish line second, but was disqualified for pushing Canada’s Francois-Louis Tremblay, causing him to slide into the wall. Korean skater Sung Si-Bak was leading, but tripped on his own.
(Robert Gauthier /Los Angeles Times)
latimes.com


VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Disqualified Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States reacts after crossing the line behind gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada in the Men’s 500m Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Disqualified Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States reacts after crossing the line behind gold medalist Charles Hamelin of Canada in the Men’s 500m Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Bronze medalist Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States holds up eight fingers to signify his tally of Olympic medals after the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on Feb. 26. USA won gold in the event.

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(Thanks again to Noelle for originally finding this article. There are tons more, but this one for me says it all)

Ohno earns No. 8 with relay bronze American on 500m
DQ: ‘I guess the judge saw something I didn’t’

(Watch the thrilling men’s 500m finals where Apolo Ohno was DQ’d and where Charles Hamelin won the gold medal.)
http://www.nbcolympics.com/news-features/news/newsid=450230.html

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.”

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Men’s Relay Final! Oh What a Ride!

February 28, 2010

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I haven’t even BEGUN to sift through my google alerts, and since photos tend to disappear rather quickly, I sure do want to make sure that these are not lost to posterity. Too many to post here, I will add them all to the Vancouver Olympics thread on the Boots and Blades forum as I can.

Congratulations to all the teams, but of course, mostly to our U.S. Bronze Medal Winners. I know I speak for everyone in the states when I say we fans are ecstatic that every single member of the U.S. Short Track Team will be going home with a medal from this Vancouver Winter Olympic Games.

So here’s to you our fine young men: Travis Jayner, Jordan Malone, Simon Cho, J.R. Celski and Apolo Anton Ohno. This has been an amazing Olympic Games, some serendipitous highs, some heartbreaking lows, and in the final moments, a happy ending for everyone. We couldn’t be more proud of you, or more touched by all of you and your willingness to share the experience with us. Thank you for taking all of your fans along for the ride!

(…and I think I have enough google alerts to sift through to EASILY keep me posting info on skaters until next September-when the new season starts! LOL)

Gold medallists Canada, at rear, bronze medallists U.S.A., at center, and silver medallists South Korea, at front, pose for a photograph next to the podium during the medals ceremony for the men’s 5000m relay short track skating at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Bronze medalist Apolo Anton Ohno (R) of the United States celebrates with team mate J.R. Celski after the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Jordan Malone of the United States celebrates bronze in the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Disqualified Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States shakes hands with bronze medalist Francois-Louis Tremblay of Canada as he leaves the ice in the Men’s 500m Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Bronze medalist Apolo Anton Ohno (R) of the United States celebrates with team mates J.R. Celski, Simon Cho, Travis Jayner and Jordan Malone after the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Francois-Louis Tremblay of Canada celebrates the gold medal in the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: The United States relay team celebrate the bronze medal after the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Francois-Louis Tremblay of Canada talks with Travis Jayner of the United States after the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Charles Hamelin (2ndL), Olivier Jean (L), Francois Hamelin (2ndR) and Guillaume Bastille of Canada celebrate the gold medal after the Men’s 5000m Relay Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. Bottom Row: J.R. Celski, Jordan Malone and Travis Jayner smile about their bronze medal win.(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

To read a first hand account of what transpired at the oval by Gasp, go here on the Boots and Blades Forum, post 110:
Boots & Blades Forum- Winter Olympics-Vancouver

Many more photos here on Yahoo sports, and they tend to disappear after a day to make room for the next day’s photos.
sports.yahoo.com

More slideshows here on nbcolympics.com- Men’s Relay Medal Ceremony:
nbcolympics.com

Women’s 1000m medal ceremony:
nbcolympics.com


Katherine wins Silver in the 1000m!

February 28, 2010

So apparently everyone came here looking for the news-and there wasn’t any. Sadly, I am one of the much oppressed – left out of the party until it’s over – west coasters who had to wait to watch results, when all of you knew what happened hours ago. So sorry…blame NBC! LOL

But enough excuses! We’ve got some great news to report! Starting with Katherine Reutter. As we all sat on the edge of our seats for the women’s 1000m, a panning of the camera up in the stands at the end of the semi finals landed on Katherine’s parents, and I think Beth Reutter might have lost a year or two off her life on that one! Clearly, she hadn’t drawn breath during the entire race and finally exhaled in a massive sigh of relief as Katherine sailed across the finish to qualify for the next round.
Katherine is in the A final! Her mom is hyperventilating! (Dad looked pretty calm and collected…Dads are like that…)

It’s the A final- It’s now or never. After crossing the finish line for the silver, Katherine’s yell of personal victory was almost primal. This was her last chance, two weeks of competitions of ‘not quite – but almost’ finally came to fruition. And all of the weeks cares and frustrations flooded out of her in one jubilant rebel yell- an emotional release of all she had worked for and sacrificed, for this opportunity to revel in this one moment. Congratulations Katherine on a Silver Olympic Medal! It was well fought and hard won.

For every Olympics, there are memories not only for the athletes, but for those of us who watch on the sidelines. Memories of the Olympic Games we will hold in our hearts forever. Katherine’s silver medal race will be one of them I will add to my collection. But that memory – and this Olympics has been especially meaningful. This Olympics has been a bit more personal, for not only me, but for many fans. This Olympics, we have had the pleasure of meeting some- if not all – of these wonderful skaters and their parents. We cheered ourselves hoarse in the stands, and followed their careers on the way to this ultimate goal. With the plethora of social media, they in turn could include their fans on their journey. So Congratulations Short Track Team USA, job well done! You did us proud, as always.

But enough musings… It’s 2am, and I promise to get the rest of Friday’s events posted Saturday…but for now, I leave you with Katherine Reutter~

VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Katherine Reutter of the United States celebrates the silver medal in the Ladies 1000m Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)
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VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Wang Meng of China celebrates the gold medal in the Ladies 1000m Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Wang Meng of China leads from Katherine Reutter of the United States in the Ladies’ 1000m Short Track Speed Skating Semi-Finals on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: Katherine Reutter of the United States celebrates winning the silver medal the Ladies 1000m Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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VANCOUVER, BC – FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Katherine Reutter of the United States celebrates winning the silver medal, Wang Meng of China gold and Park Seung-Hi of South Korea bronze in the Ladies’ 1000m Short Track Speed Skating Final on day 15 of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics at Pacific Coliseum on February 26, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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For Katherine Reutter, silver is super

BY VAHE GREGORIAN
OF THE POST-DISPATCH
02/27/2010
stltoday.com

VANCOUVER — With her mother crying and shaking her head in disbelief in the stands at Pacific Coliseum, St. Louis-trained short track speedskater Katherine Reutter circled the ice flapping an American flag, pumping a fist and shouting from the depths of her heart after winning a silver medal in the women’s 1,000-meter race on Friday night.

Whatever she was hollering wasn’t immediately discernible even to her mother, Beth, who sat with her husband, Jay, and her own parents, Lee and Fern Doublin, former residents of Woodson Terrace.

But it went something like this:

“‘I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU. I LOVE YOU GUYS SO MUCH,'” Katherine Reutter said later. “I love everyone in the stands tonight. And I love my flag. And I love my country. And I couldn’t stop screaming.”

With “every emotion, every bit of hard work I’ve ever put in” surging through her and bursting out all at once, Reutter couldn’t just stop there.

“After like my second or third victory lap, I had a fleeting moment of, ‘Katherine, maybe you should stop screaming, ” said Reutter, who grew up in Champaign, Ill., and was influenced by superstar long track skater Bonnie Blair. “And right away (it was), ‘No, scream more, scream louder!’

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Short Track Schedule: It’s ‘GAME ON’ again tonight!

February 27, 2010

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Lots of great videos, slideshows, photos and info here leading up to tonights festivities! 9 medals awarded tonight!
nbcolympics.com

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26 (Day 15)

6:00p Men’s 500m — Quarterfinals
Start List

Heat 1
HAMELIN Charles
CHO Simon
SUNG Si-Bak
KERSTHOLT Niels

Heat 2
OHNO Apolo
FAUCONNET Thibaut
HEUNG Tyson
ELEY Jon

6:14p Women’s 1000m — Quarterfinals
Start List

Heat 3
REUTTER Katherine
SUN Linlin
CHO Hae-Ri
VICENT Tania
KLEIN Aika

6:43p Men’s 500m — Semifinals
6:52p Women’s 1000m — Semifinals
7:14p Men’s 500m — Finals A/B Preview
7:24p Women’s 1000m — Finals A/B

7:51p Men’s 5000m Relay — Finals A/B
Start List
FINAL A

United States
China
Canada
South Korea
France


Yes, It’s Ladies Night! Oh What a Night!

February 27, 2010

AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO


Bronze medalists of the US (L-R) Allison Baver, Kimberly Derrick, Alyson Dudek, Lana Gehring and Katherine Reutter attend the medal ceremony for the women’s Speed Skating 3000 m relay at BC Place during the Vancouver Winter Olympics on February 25, 2010. AFP PHOTO / VINCENZO PINTO (Photo credit should read VINCENZO PINTO/AFP/Getty Images)
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Women's Relay Ceremony - U.S. Bronze Medal

(Kevork Dejansezian/Getty Images)
Allison Baver, Kimberly Derrick, Alyson Dudek, Lana Gehring and Katherine Reutter show off their bronze medals from the women’s relay.

Women's Relay Medal Ceremony

(Kevork Dejansezian/Getty Images)

These two photos came by way of Mellie on GotApolo, but there is plenty more on the slideshow of the Medal Ceremony here on the NBC Olympics website:
nbcolympics.com – womens relay slideshow.

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The rest of these photos, (except the LA Times photo as noted) all came from Yahoo Sports. Tons of photos, (including new podium photos) and I couldn’t possibly post them all. (and you better check them soon, as some of the ones I’ve posted below are already gone. I’m assuming these photos were taken by Jamie Squire/Getty Images, but as the captions and photos are gone already, I’m at a loss)

sports.yahoo.com

Tears of Joy. This just says it all, doesn't it? (Yahoo Sports)

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Women's Relay Final - Los Angleles Times

PUSH: Skaters line up to push each other midway through the women’s Short Track Speed Skating 3000 meter relay at Pacific Coliseum. In this photo: Katherine Reutter and Allison Baver (Robert Gauthier /Los Angeles Times)

This photo is from the LA Times large scale, Hi def photos page. Too see this photo larger, click here:
latimes.com

Katherine Reutter, Yahoo sports

Reutter's Rooters


This photo came by US Speedskating’s Facebook page:
US Speedskating – Facebook


High-tech worker Tony Chung is cult figure in short-track world

February 27, 2010

Photo by Jerry Search

By: Jennifer Ditchburn, The Canadian Press
winnipegfreepress.com

VANCOUVER – When short-track speedskaters need a fix, Tony Chung is their pusher.

Nah, it’s not what you think. Athletes go to Chung’s cult website http://www.shorttrackHD.com or YouTube for his exhaustive amateur coverage of almost every major event in the sport.

You want to watch an example of “team skating,” a cheating method notoriously hard to prove, Chung’s got some tape for you to see.

You want to check out Canadian Olivier Jean execute a bad pass in the last World Cup competition in Michigan, Chung was there.

Chung was the only person to make full, HD coverage of the Canadian Olympic trials available to the general public last summer.

The weird thing is, Chung is an IT worker from San Leandro, Calif., who has only speedskated for pleasure.

So what makes the 26-year-old want to be the Perez Hilton of the short-track world?

A desire to expand understanding of the sport and help athletes, he says.

“I’m a one-man army. I do everything: record, edit, tweet, website, just me, no help from any outsiders,” says Chung, who is in the stands for every short-track race in Vancouver. He posts his analysis after every day of racing — he can’t film at the Olympics.

“I want to be there with my knowledge of short-track and with my editing skills, to record and give that to the skaters – better video, better athletes, better training, better racing, better sport.”

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The Olympic Puppy That Keeps a Skater Sane

February 26, 2010

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Time video on Jordan Malone and his dog Oly. We’ve all fallen in love with Oly ages ago…but it’s nice that the rest of the world is being introduced to the Oly dog!

time.com

U.S. speed skater Jordan Malone has had some tough breaks at this year’s Olympic games, but he says his dog Oly never fails to cheer him up.

Click the link below to see the video (it won’t imbed in a blog):
time.com


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