Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

Whether it was a stroke of luck or simply fate, Apollo Ohno tied Bonnie Blair for the most Winter Olympic medals won by an American on February 14.

Heading into the final lap of the Short Track Speed Skating 1500m event, Ohno trailed two South Korean skaters.

In a desperate attempt to surpass the other racers, Ohno and the Koreans frantically exchanged elbows, resulting in the self-destruction of the South Korean skaters as they lost their balance and toppled harmlessly onto the track.

Thanks to this fortunate series of events, Ohno propelled from fourth place into second, and allowed J.R. Celski, another American skater, to grasp the bronze medal.

If the Koreans had maintained their current positions, they would have swept the 1500m event, giving them an additional two medals and robbing the Americans from two of their own.

The United States lead the current Olympic Medal Count by a grand total of four medals. In essence, Ohno’s heroics on the skating track secured the US a current first place position, ensuring that the Koreans lingered behind.

Ohno captured two more medals en route to the United States overall medal count victory, with a grand total of 37.

By Will Bennett, Staff Writer

Will Bennett is a remarkable staff writer who was recruited from his early days. In fact, before Bennett could even speak, the Mycenaean took serious interest in him. While many consider this practice to be unethical, the Leesville editors disagree. Alex Stewart claims that his contributions to the staff have been "Pullitzer Prize" worthy. In addition to his writing, Bennett enjoys animals, Freshberry Frozen Yogurt, Hip-hop music, and long walks on the beach. He can often be found on his seaside estate composing original music, writing moving poetry, and balling with old basketball greats like Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.

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