US Speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno Took Home Bronze Last Night! It's His Eighth Medal!

Sat, February 27, 2010 5:01pm EST by 4 Comments
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Even with a disqualification, Apolo had a heck of a night!

US speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, 27, already set the world record for most Olympic medals won by a US athlete in the winter games, but he took that record even further Feb. 26 by winning one more! Apolo took home the bronze medal in the men’s 5,000-meter relay race, bringing his incredible Olympic medal total to eight.

But his Olympic journey wasn’t without some misfortune. Earlier in the evening, Apolo was disqualified from the 500-meter men’s speedskating final competition for allegedly touching the hip of Canadian skater Francois-Louis Tremblay and knocking him into the wall during an intense turn.

“I just saw two guys go down,” Ohno told reporters after the incident. “I thought I had the silver. Again, in this sport I’ve learned over many, many years and through life in general that you only have control over certain things. For me, I skated as hard as I could. I skated my heart out. I had great support and I left every single thing I had on the ice.”

As for the disqualification call, Apolo shrugged it off, saying “Oh well, Canadian ref, home soil.”

Congratulations, Apolo! You’ve made your country even more proud of you!

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Posted at 12:29 PM on January 25, 2012  

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Posted at 12:37 PM on February 28, 2010  

Anyone who has the first clue about short track and watched all the events these last two weeks would know that even someone as experienced as Apolo would be just a tad ticked at that bogus DQ call. In the 1500m final, a Korean grabbed onto Ohno’s leg as he was passing. Ohno had to bat the guy’s hand away. That is intentional impeding. No DQ was called on the Korean. Then in the 1000m one of the Canadians pushed Ohno enough to cause him to skid wide but he managed to stay on his feet. Again, no DQ call was made. So when Ohno barely touched the Canadian who was already off balance and on his way to falling, I can totally understand Ohno stating that he didn’t agree with the call.

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Posted at 2:23 AM on February 28, 2010  

Really, you just because you messsed up and lost you have to blame it on the canadian judge…. guess what we don’t care because it’s not only a canadian judge so have fun with that……. GOOOOOO CANADAA

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Posted at 10:56 PM on February 27, 2010  

Congrats to him, that’s such a feat.
Oh, how I love him. He’s so good at what he does and he seems so sweet and down to earth. Not to mention, he’s adorable with a gorgeous smile.

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