U.S. Scores Four Olympic Medals in Moguls and Speed-Skating
February 14, 2010
(ChattahBox) The second day of Olympic competition in Vancouver, British Columbia was beset with continued weather problems, as unusually warm temperatures and rain, sleet and fog led to the postponement of both the men’s and women’s downhill skiing events. But the women’s freestyle skiing moguls went on as planned, with an exciting display by two U.S. skiers, capturing the gold and bronze medals in the event. And the rough and tumble short track speed-skating event, not affected by the weather, did not disappoint with an exciting race by Apolo Ohno, which had a surprise finish with two skaters from South Korea crashing at the last turn of the race.
The women’s mogul event was dominated by spectacular speed, high-flying acrobatic jumps and several crashes. U.S. freestyle skier Hannah Kearney, was the last skier to compete on the icy hill and managed a run showing blazing speed, and she perfectly executed a back flip and a 360-degree spin. With the fastest time of of 27.86, Kearney beat out Canadian Jennifer Heil for the gold medal. Heil took the silver and U.S. skier Shannon Bahrke was awarded the bronze.
The screaming Canadian fans were hopeful that Heil would be the first Olympian to win a gold medal in her home country, but it didn’t happen last night. “I know Canada hasn’t won a gold medal on their home turf, but I have a feeling they’ll do it these games,” Kearney said. “But I’m pleased that I could stop that for now.”
Meanwhile, the speedskating action was equally as exciting, with Apolo Ohno winning the silver medal, giving him the distinction of becoming the most-decorated U.S. male athlete to compete in the Winter Games. Nearing the final turn in the race, it looked like the three skaters from South Korea were about to pull off a sweep, but skaters Sung Si-bak and Lee Ho-suk crashed going into the final turn, allowing Ohno to secure second place and U.S. skater J.R. Celski to ease into third.
Ohno is now tied with speedskater Bonnie Blair for the most medals won by any U.S. athlete at a Winter Olympic game. He is scheduled to race again Wednesday in the 1,000 meters event.
The men’s downhill and the women’s super combined downhill and super combined slalom, postponed on Saturday, will take place on Sunday.
Source: USA Today
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