by Ralph Routon
Apolo Anton Ohno has achieved almost every goal imaginable in his short-track speedskating career. Tonight the former longtime Colorado Springs resident has a chance to make history at a higher level.
Ohno skates in the men's 1,000 meters at the 2010 Winter Olympics, with three grueling rounds starting with the quarterfinals in the late afternoon and ending with the finale tonight. He faces stern opposition, particularly from Korean and Canadian skaters, but he's definitely a medal contender.
And if Ohno can make the top three, he'll stand alone as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympic athlete in history. His six career medals, including a silver here in the men's 1,500 meters, put him in a tie for first place with former long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair. But Ohno hopes to leave Vancouver with either seven or eight, depending on the outcome tonight and later in the men's 3,000-meter relay.
Also tonight, U.S. skater Katherine Reutter tries for a medal in her specialty, the women's short-track 1,500 meters.
This morning, the women's skiers are back on Whistler Mountain for their Super-G, with Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso on a hot streak and looking for more success.
Entering the day, the United States has 20 medals (six gold, six silver, eight bronze) with Germany next at 13.