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!