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Welcome to the special Winter Olympics 2010 section of this website.
This Olympic section will contain news, schedules and results of the speedskating events.

Korea's Lee gifted 10000m gold after Kramer is disqualified.

Vancouver, Feb 23, 2010 - Korea's Seung-Hoon Lee was gifted the men's 10000m speed skating gold medal on Tuesday after Dutchman Sven Kramer was sensationally disqualified after coming over the line first. Russia's Ivan Skobrev took the silver and another Dutchman Bob de Jong won the bronze. Kramer, who won 5000m gold last week, was the hot favourite and he lived up to his billing by powering around the Richmond Oval more than four seconds faster than Lee in the gruelling race. He thought he had won but a lane infringement with eight laps left saw him disqualified, ending his dream of completing the first golden treble by an Olympic speedskater since Norway's Johann Olav Koss in 1994. Memories of Turin four years ago came back to haunt him. Then, as a 19-year-old, he stepped on a line-marker and collided with countryman Carl Verheijen in the team pursuit semi-finals, sending Holland out of medal contention. Kramer, the 23-year-old son of two-time Dutch Olympic speedskater Yep Kramer, threw his goggles down in disgust on Tuesday and was a forlorn figure as Lee celebrated an unexpected victory.

Davis defends men's 1000m title.

Vancouver, Feb 20, 2010 - Dutchman Mark Tuitert won the Olympic Winter Games men's 1500 speedskating gold medal on Saturday, spoiling the bid for a golden double by American Shani Davis, the reigning world champion. Tuitert captured the title in 1min 45.57sec with Davis, who won the Olympic 1000m crown Wednesday, settling for silver for the second Olympic Games in a row in 1.46,10. Norway's Havard Bokko was third, another .03 out. Tuitert, fifth in the Olympic 1000m and ninth in the 1500 at last year's world championships, turned in the performance of his life in the 17th of 19th pairings to win the crown. Davis, who set the 1500m world record of 1.41,04 last December in Salt Lake City, became the first man to win back-to-back 1.000m Olympic speedskating titles by capturing Vancouver gold last Wednesday.

Davis defends men's 1000m title.

Vancouver, Feb 17, 2010 - US star Shani Davis became the first man to win back-to-back Olympic 1000-metre speedskating titles with a sizzling last lap Wednesday and then showed his long feud with US rival Chad Hedrick is over. Davis, who became the first black Olympic champion in an individual event when he took 2006 gold in Torino, won in 1min 08.94secs, defeating 500m champion Tae-Bum Mo of South Korea by .18 of a second, with Hedrick third in 1.09,32.
"In 2006, I was on the offensive. I was attacking," Davis said. "Now I was on the defensive. People had a lot of motivation and courage. I had to weather the storm and I was able to do it. It was a great performance."
Davis and Hedrick jointly held the American flag for a celebration skate four years after a bitter spat when Hedrick accused Davis of being selfish and unpatriotic for not racing with him on the US team pursuit squad at Turin.
"We put everything Shani and I had in 2006 behind us," Hedrick said. "All that stuff was done before. That's old news. I hope people will look at us in a different light, as good athletes not who wants to pick a fight with who."

South Korea's Mo wins men's 500m.

Vancouver, Feb 15, 2010 - South Korea's Tae-Bum Mo won the men's 500 metres speedskating Olympic title Monday on his 21st birthday, the nation's first ever gold at the Winter Games outside short-track. In an Asian cleansweep, Mo's combined time for his two runs was 69.82sec, putting him 0.16sec ahead of Japan's silver medallist Keiichiro Nagashima, whose teammate Joji Kato took the bronze in a time of 70.01. Mo was paired with Canadian world record holder Jeremy Wotherspoon in his second run after notching the second-best time of 34.92 in his first outing at the Richmond Olympic Oval. It meant he had a nervous wait while he watched Kato, who was third after his first run, and Finland's Mika Poutala, who qualified in first position with a time of 34.86 but neither was able to edge past the South Korean.
"I raced a lot better than expected in the first race. So it gave me courage to do better in the second race," said the champion.
"I kept practising over and over again and I think that was very important and I really wanted to do well. It's my best birthday present and it's my present to Koreans."

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