Ohno Takes Bronze in 1000M, Skates into History

Davis takes home silver, Vonn wins bronze

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Speedskating powerhouse Apolo Ohno took home the bronze medal in the men's 1000-meter race on Saturday night, becoming the winningest U.S. Winter Olympian.

The American broke his six-medal tie with long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair -- he now has seven. Ohno won his sixth medal on Feb. 13 for his second place finish in the men's 1500-meter race.

Fellow speedskater JR Celski was disqualified in the 1000m semifinals after brushing off Canada's Francois Hamelin. Celski won the bronze medal in the 1,500-meter last Saturday night.

Earlier in the night in the men's 1500-meter speedskating race, Shani Davis, the reigning world champion and world record holder, won a silver medal.

Dutch speedskater Mark Tuitert took home the gold, beating the American favorite by .53 seconds. 

American Chad Hedrick, who defeated Davis twice this season and who considers the 1,500 long track event his strongest, did not medal, finishing sixth.

Earler this week, Davis defended his Olympic title in the 1,000m and Hedrick pulled out a bronze.

In the women's 1,500m short-track event,  Katherine Reutter failed to medal, coming in fourth behind China's Yang Zhou, Korea's Eun-Byul Lee and Seung-Hi Park.  Earlier in the evening, she'd advanced to the finals after another Chinese athlete was disqualified for interference.

Another American favorite Lindsey Vonn won the bronze medal in the women's super-G race earlier in the day, her second Olympic medal for the United States in Vancouver.

Andrea Fischbacher of Austria won the gold, with Tina Maze of Slovenia taking home the silver.

Vonn opened her Vancouver Games by overcoming an ailing shin to win gold in the marquee downhill event only to wipe out in the slalom leg of the super-combined the next day.

Vonn won the last three World Cup super-G’s and swept speed skiing events at last season’s world championships in Val d’lsere, France.

American Julia Mancuso, who earned a silver in women's super-combined and downhill, finished ninth. If Mancuso had won, it would have been her fourth Olympic medal, tying her with Bode Miller for the U.S. record for alpine skiers.

Day 9 also included wins for both the men's and women's curling teams -- the women beat out Great Britain and the men took home another win against Sweden. Three Americans qualified in freestyle skiing, with Emily Cook finishing fifth, Lacy Schnoor in sixth and Ashley Caldwell in twelfth.

It was a record breaking day for Olympic ski jumping, Switzerland’s Simon Ammann became the first person to win four individual gold medals in the sport. In men's cross-country skiing, Sweden took home the gold and bronze, beating out favorites Ola Vigen Hattestad and Petter Northug Jr.of Norway.

In men’s hockey, Switzerland won over Norway; Slovakia beat Latvia; and Belarus and Germany's results are still to come.

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