Apolo Ohno Takes 7th Olympic Medal to Make Olympic History

Apolo Ohno wins Olympic record 7th Olympic medal

With his 7th career Olympic medal in the 1000m, Apolo Ohno became the most decorated US Olympian in history.

With the gold and silver out of reach, Ohno scooted furiously past Charles Hamelin and Francois Hamelin to earn a bronze in the short track 1000m final Saturday night, making him the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.

“I really had to fight,” he said. “I can’t wait to watch the tape and see how I came back from last place to win bronze.”

Lee Jung-Su of South Korea won his second gold in Vancouver and teammate Lee Ho-Suk earned the silver. The Koreans claimed four of the six short track medals awarded.

“Once I advanced to the front, all I could think of was just staying there,” Lee Jung-su said.

Ohno’s seventh career medal broke a tie with long track speed skater Bonnie Blair. He now has two gold, two silver and three bronze medals in his three Olympic appearances. The skater from Seattle already earned a silver in the 1500m last weekend.

“I’m very happy for Apolo’s accomplishment,” Blair said in a statement from Pacific Coliseum, where she was on hand to watch the race.

Apolo Ohno Takes 7th Olympic Medal to Make Olympic History was last modified: February 21st, 2010 by Brian Halstrom

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