USA Wrapup for February 13

Hannah Kearney (Norwich, Vt.) captured the first U.S. gold of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Ladies’ Moguls as the U.S. Team totaled four medals in the first full day of Olympic competition. Speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno’s (Seattle, Wash.) quest to tie Bonnie Blair as the only U.S. winter Olympians with six medals looked like it would have to wait as he skated fourth in the final lap of the Men’s 1500m. A crash by two members of the Korean team coming out of the final turn cleared the path for Ohno’s second-place finish. Teammate J.R. Celski (Federal Way, Wash.), who raced in his first international competition since a devastating injury during the Olympic Trials in September, captured bronze. Kearney’s teammate Shannon Bahrke (Tahoe City, Calif.) also won a bronze as the two sandwiched Canadian Jennifer Heil on the podium, delaying Team Canada’s quest for their first gold at a Games hosted in their own country.

 

In other action, Speedskaters Katherine Reutter (Champaign, Ill) and Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, Wis.) qualified for the Women’s 500m on Feb. 17, and the ladies short track team qualified for the 3000m to be held on Feb. 24. After two runs in Men’s Luge, Tony Benshoof (White Bear Lake, Minn.), Chris Mazdzer (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), and Bengt Walden (Northbridge, Mass.) sit seventh, 13th and 15th, respectively.