8. 2002: Apolo Anton Ohno takes his first gold
Apolo Anton Ohno won his first of two Olympic gold medals in short track speed skating in the 1500 meter event in 2002. Despite winning on a disqualification, it was the start of something special for Ohno, who had just become the face of US speed skating for the next two Olympics. Ohno amassed a short track record eight medals over three Olympics, finishing up with a gold and a silver in ’02, a gold and two bronze in ’06, and a silver and two bronze in Vancouver in 2010. Ohno is expected to continue to be a big promotional part of the sport as a commentator for these Olympics.
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