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Posted on: Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winter Olympics: Short-track speedskating capsule outlook


By Philip Hersh
Chicago Tribune

Short-track speedskating
Pacific Coliseum (Vancouver)
FEB. 14-26

Best of the U.S.: Apolo Anton Ohno wants to add more gold to his ďDancing With the StarsĒ title. He won the 1,500 (2002) and 500 (2006) as well as three other medals and looks solid again. J.R. Celski, back from a horrifying September accident when his leg was slashed by his own blade, looked like a contender before the mishap. Katherine Reutter could become the first U.S. individual womenís medalist since 1994.
Best of the rest: Chinaís Wang Meng, who won medals of each color in 2006, wants to add one in the lone event where she was shut out: the relay. With Korean An Hyeon-Suís career derailed by a knee injury two years after his three-gold, one-bronze effort in Turin, Korean Lee Jung-Su is favored to win three medals. Canadaís Hamelin brothers, Charles and Francois, and Francois-Louis Tremblay continue a strong Quebecois short-track tradition.
Predictions
Menís 1,500: 1. Lee Jung-Su, South Korea. 2. Lee Ho-Suk, South Korea. 3. Charles Hamelin, Canada.
Womenís 500: 1. Wang Meng, China. 2. Zhao Nannan, China. 3. Kalyna Roberge, Canada.
Menís 1,000: 1. Apolo Anton Ohno, U.S. 2. Lee Jung-Su, South Korea. 3. Sung Si-Bak, South Korea.
Womenís 1,500: 1. Wang Meng, China. 2. Katherine Reutter, U.S. 3. Zhou Yang, China.
Womenís 3,000 relay: 1. China. 2. South Korea. 3. United States.
Womenís 1,000: 1. Wang Meng, China. 2. Cho Ha-Ri, South Korea. 3. Zhou Yang, China.
Menís 500: 1. Francois Louis-Tremblay, Canada. 2. Sung Si-Bak, South Korea. 3. Ohno, U.S.
Menís 5,000 relay: 1. Canada. 2. South Korea. 3. China.