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  • Actually, I like the DQ procedure that short track has

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      I do love the Winter Olympics, and one of the first events is the Short Track - Men’s 1500m. I have to say that just watching these men skate makes me dizzy. Going around and around on the short track takes such concentration and focus. I could never do it. I don’t know how they can even lean over like they do when they maneuver the corners. It’s such a fast event and in such close quarters, you can’t help but become excited, especially when the races get down to the finish.

      Just a few comments on the quarter final heats. In heat 1, Lee Ho-Sux from Korea proved to be someone to watch, though he wasn’t as steady as the hype had made him sound. Olivier Jean of Canada was


      first in that heat and looked steady.

      In the 2nd heat, America’s Jordan Malone began his first Olympics by crossing the line third. Unfortunately, he was disqualified.

      Actually, I like the DQ procedure that short track has. They do complete reviews of any potential problems and most of what I’ve seen are legitimate, so it keeps participants on their toes.

      The 3rd heat included USA’s J.R. Celski, who had been injured last September. Inf act, this was his first race since that time. He qualified for the semi-finals.

      It was in the 4th heat that superstar short track racer Apolo Ohno competed, and wow, what a show. He was in 5th spot and made an awesome pass of all four ahead of him and just left them all behind in his wake. Message sent. Now could he do it twice more to win the gold?

      The 5th heat was not as exciting for me. They separated into two packs and then 2 in front pulled away so there wasn’t the excitement or suspense of the first 4 heats.

      I just have to criticize the USA NBC TV coverage because they weren’t putting up results. I had trouble knowing who the winners were (names and country) and since I’m not an expert, it was hard to really know.

      The first of the two semi-finals had both Apolo Ohno and Canada’s Charles Hamelin in it. After a false start, the race took off. It was scary for Ohno fans because as he made his move forward, there was a slight nudge of a competitor. Fortunately, there wasn’t a qualification and he ...


      • Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics - Short Track - Men's 1500m
      finished second with Lee Jung- Su first. Surprisingly, Hamelin was out, a victim of another racer falling and hooking him on the way down.

      The 2nd semi included Olivier Jean, but he went down and it was Lee Ho-Sux who owned the results here. That was pretty dramatic.

      In the 3rd semi-final, Celski made a nice passing move on the outside, all the way to the front, and then did a great job holding off a pass. He let up right before the finish and came in second.

      After the B-final, which is held to give a full 8 places, a race won by Hamelin, the finals of the Short Track - Men’s 1500m event was held. In a curious move, the judges put Olivier Jean into the finals, saying that his fall was not

      of his own doing and he was prevented from advancing. That made Canadians happy, but I’m not sure about anyone else.

      For Ohno, the final race was a chance to become the most decorated of the Americans in a Winter Olympics ever.

      Did he get it?

      In a field that included three Koreans, it was action packed. Ohno made a beautiful pass to take the lead, held it for a while, and then was knocked back to fourth. Just as it looked like the Americans would be shut out, two of the Koreans knocked each other out, and Ohno got the silver and Celski the bronze medal.

      Wow! Short track is fast and exciting. Ohno looked as happy to have the silver as the gold, and Celski and his parents were overjoyed.

      Great event and a nice start for the Olympics.




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