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February 13, 2010 at 5:56 PM

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Apolo takes silver, Celski takes bronze in short-track 1500 meters

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Apolo Ohno is the first U.S. medalist at the Vancouver Games. He won the silver medal in the Olympic men's 1500 meter short-track event and is now tied with Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian, with six medals total.

U.S. Olympian J.R. Celski took the bronze medal.

Here are the tweets for the finals. Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski are in the second race.



Sorry about that first call. My angle made J.R. look like he was ahead of Apolo.

Apolo is still on the ice.

Jung-Su Lee of Korea takes gold.

Close. Apolo takes silver Celski takes bronze!

Apolo is yelling WAIT! WAIT! WAIT!

Apolo points up 6 to the sky.

Celski takes second and Apolo takes third!

Touches the ice

He's pushing now on the inside

He's in second.

4 lapt to go and the Koreans make a move.

Apolo makes a move forward, he's in the lead with two Koreans.

He's in second and JR is in third

Apolo is in the lead and not happy looking.

10 laps to go.

He's in the back and cruising along.

They're off. Apolo is trying to stay out of the lead

BANG!

Go to the start.

J.R. Celski gets some love, too. Not as much, but good enough.

Crowd goes crazy at the announcement of Apolo Anton Ohno of the United States of America!

The whistle to call the second race of the finals.

(Winning time was) 2:18:12

Hamelin cruises in standing up.

2 laps pressure theres the bell

BIG MOVE. Hamelin's leading .

Canadian Charles Hamelin is cruising at the back with 7 laps to go.

13 laps to go

They're off cleanly.

First race is at the start.

19:24: Apolo has won 5 Olympic medals. He's tied for the most short track speed skating medals ever.

19:23: 15 skaters in the final. The first race is six skaters with Canadian Charles Hamelin. The second has Apolo Ohno, J.R. Celski and Jung-Su Lee

19:20: Zambonis are on the ice.

19:06: Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski reach the finals in the men's 1500m short track speed skating. They're both in the second race of the finals.

The finals are scheduled to start at 7:18 p.m.

Here are tweets from the Celski semi-final:

18:41: J.R. Celski tentatively took the lead, but gave it up after the first turn of his semifinal 1500m.

18:42:J.R.'s sitting second.

18:42: Lots of moves on the outside. He's back in third.

18:42: Now he moved on the outside and takes the lead.

18:44: J.R. kicks his skate out to finish second.


Here are tweets from Ohno's semi-final:

18:31: Finished this semi: Jung-Su Lee of Korea, Apolo Ohno of USA and Charles Hamelin of Canada.

18:29: Just cruisin behind Hamelin.

18:28: Movin on up on the outside. He's in third.

18:28: Seven skaters, he's sitting at six.

18:28: They're off and Ohno sits at the back again.

18:26: Apolo Ohno is being introduced for the men's 1500m semifinals. Ohno andCanadian Charles Hamelin receive the loudest cheers from the crowd.

18:27: False start.



Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski have both moved on to the next round in men's short-track speedskating.

After starting slowly, Ohno won his first-round race in convincing fashion. This series of tweets from Seattle Times photo editor Kevin Fujii shows the race action.

17:22: 2 whistles call the next race with Apolo Ohno in his 1500m heat.

17:22: Apolo is skating in sixth spot of six. Is it like drafting on a bike?

17:23: He's in fifth position now after a skater went wide.

17:24: Making his move on the outside to the lead!

17:25: All by himself. There's the bell. He made that look easy.

Stop back to this post for results of the second round. You can follow Kevin's tweets @Phooj

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