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Ohno gains gold in 500

February 26, 2006

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— Leading from start to finish, Apolo Anton Ohno made this another Olympics to remember when he defeated favored South Korean Ahn Hyun-soo to win the gold medal in 500-meter short track speedskating Saturday night.

After two false starts by other skaters, Ohno anticipated the gun perfectly and broke away from the line clear of the other four finalists. He led the entire way and didn't have to worry about Ahn, who got caught up behind two Canadians, Francois-Louis Tremblay and Eric Bedard.

Ohno looked back once, threw up his arms and let out a scream when he crossed the line first. He jumped into the arms of a U.S. coach and grabbed an American flag for the victory lap.

Showing there were no hard feelings from Salt Lake City, Ahn came over to shake Ohno's hand in the middle of the rink.

Tremblay held on for second; Ahn passed Bedard to claim the bronze. The South Korean became the first skater to win three individual medals in short track, but he fell short of three golds after winning the 1,000 and 1,500.

As for Ohno, he grabbed the fourth Olympic medal of his career - and added a fifth later in the evening with a bronze in the 5,000-meter relay.

Alpine skiing

Men's slalom

Sestriere, Italy - Fittingly, three Austrians were the last men standing in the final Alpine event of the Turin Olympics. Benjamin Raich earned his second gold medal of the games and led an Austrian sweep in the men's slalom to complete that country's most successful Olympic Alpine competition ever.

Top American hopes Ted Ligety and Bode Miller were eliminated, along with local favorite Giorgio Rocca of Italy, in a brutal first of the two runs.

Hockey

Men's

Czech Republic 3, Russia 0

Turin, Italy - The Czech Republic shut out Russia in a matchup worthy of a gold medal. Too bad they were only playing for the bronze.

Tomas Vokoun, filling in for Dominik Hasek, made 12 of his 28 saves in the third period, and the Czech Republic skated off with the victory over Russia.

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