by Ralph Routon
If you're unsure whether to check out the Winter Olympics coverage tonight, don't hesitate. It'll be worth watching, especially if you're hoping to see the first American medals.
Apolo Anton Ohno showed this afternoon he's a legitimate contender in the men's 1,500-meter short-track speedskating event, coming from last place to win his qualifying heat easily. The former Colorado Springs resident was able to coast the final lap, so his time of 2:17.653 was well off the pace of other heats. But he only needed to make the top three in order to advance to the semifinals.
Both of the final two rounds will take place tonight in Pacific Coliseum.
And though most people don't easily identify with the ladies moguls event, even the non-skiers should enjoy the moguls finals after an amazingly tight qualifying round late this afternoon. American skiers, led by Hannah Kearney of Norwich, Vt., and Heather McPhie of Bozeman, Mont., finished 1-3-6-7 in their first run, with Canada taking 2-4-9.
Their final run is tonight at Cypress Mountain, where workers have done an amazing job building the course on hay with most of the snow trucked down from higher on the same hill.