by Ralph Routon
Apolo Anton Ohno lost one silver medal to a controversial ruling, but he and the U.S. men's 5,000-meter short-track speedskating relay team made it to the podium Friday night in likely the final Winter Olympics of Ohno's historic career.
Meanwhile, Katherine Reutter partially made up for Ohno's fate by grabbing the silver medal in the women's short-track 1,000 meters, surviving a tough final race against the world's best and barely losing the gold to China's Wang Meng.
Ohno, the former longtime resident of the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, did come away with a bronze medal in the relay, raising his career total to eight. He already was the most-decorated U.S. winter-sport athlete with seven.
That one also was dramatic, with U.S. anchor J.R. Celski slipping from third to fourth on the final lap, only to make it back to third when China faltered on the last turn. But this time there was no disqualifications: Canada took the gold in 6:44.224, South Korea the silver in 6:44.446 and America the bronze in 6:44.498.
But it could have been nine medals for Ohno, except for the disputed outcome in the men's 500-meter final. Ohno was last in that four-man race for most of the way, until making his usual move on the final turn and sending Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblaysprawling. Then South Korea's Sung Si-Bak fell, and Ohno came across the line for an apparent silver medal.
However, judges ruled Ohno had impeded Tremblay and disqualified the American. Ohno argued his case, but apparently to no avail.