Archive for Saturday, February 20, 2010

Olympics Blog, Day 8: Ohno does it again

February 20, 2010

Apolo Ohno isn’t exactly Michael Phelps in terms of the magnitude of his Olympic medal collection, but the excitement when Ohno steps onto the ice is comparable to that when Phelps prepared to dive into the pool two summers ago.

Every time Ohno skates is history in the making, and this year he’s had a heart-stopping flair for the dramatic.

Last week it took a stunning Korean-on-Korean collision in the final curve to clear the path for Ohno to jump from fourth to second and grab the silver medal. In the process, he tied Bonnie Blair for the most medals at the Winter Olympics in a career.

Tonight, he overcame a miscue while attempting to pass, and then made a furious charge during the final laps to climb back into third place and garner an unprecedented seventh Olympic medal.

Fortunately for us, Ohno still has two more events to go, which should provide some serious entertainment while hunkering down to avoid the latest round of winter storms. If his races so far are any indication, it’ll be time well spent.

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