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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.

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Long podium path historic for Korean.

Vancouver, Feb 13, 2010 - Seung-Hoon Lee was too slow to qualify for South Korea's formidable Winter Olympic short-track speedskating team, but he learned that the long way was his quickest path to a historic Vancouver podium. Seung-Hoon was a surprise silver medallist Saturday in the men's 5000-meter long-track speedskating event, finishing second in 6.16,95 for the first Olympic long-track medal won by an Asian man at a distance beyond 1000 meters.
"This is a dream, big surprise," Seung-Hoon said. "It's so much better than I ever expected. I'm very happy."
Seung-Hoon's silver was the first medal by an Asian at Vancouver and only the third Winter Olympic medal by South Korea outside their 29 short-track speedskating medals entering these Games.

Kramer captures 5000m gold.

Vancouver, Feb 13, 2010 - Dutchman Sven Kramer won the 5000-meter men's speedskating gold medal on Saturday at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, finally capturing a title that had eluded him four years ago in Torino.
Kramer won in 6mins, 14.60sec, setting an Olympic record to defeat South Korean Lee Seung-Hoon by 2.35sec with Russian Ivan Skobrev third in 6:18.05.
Reigning world champion Kramer, also a favorite in the 10000 and with the Dutch in team pursuit, could become the first speedskater to win three gold medals at an Olympic Games since Norway's Johann Olav Koss in 1994 at Lillehammer.
Kramer was a 5000m favorite at the Torino 2006 Games but settled for silver.
He was seventh at 10000m, 15th at 1500m and fell in the team pursuit semi-finals before the Dutch recovered to claim bronze.
That made the victory all the sweeter. Once the last rival had failed to beat his winning time, a tearful Kramer ran into the stands and hugged family and friends, overjoyed at his long-awaited moment of triumph.
Kramer set the 5000m world record of 6:03.32 in 2007 at Calgary and also owns the 10000m world record of 12.41,69.

Chad Hedrick buries American feud.

Vancouver, Feb 7, 2010 - American speed skater Chad Hedrick said on Sunday his high-profile, bitter feud with teammate Shani Davis is history, insisting that fatherhood has changed his perceptions on sport and life.
The 32-year-old Texan, gold medallist in the 5000m at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, is taking part in his last Games, but the events of Italy four years ago are still following him.
Davis, who became the first black Winter Olympic individual event champion by capturing 1000m gold, and Hedrick had a spectacular fall-out in Torino when the Texan suggested his teammate should also have raced in the team pursuit.
"It's not Chad Hedrick against the world anymore," Hedrick told reporters on Sunday at a US team speed-skating presentation from which Davis was missing.
"I am 32 now and I am racing against guys who are 19, 20 years old. It's different to what happened in 2006. I have a family now and I have made big strides in my life."

Kramer and Davis lead chase for speedskate gold.

Washington, Jan 27, 2010 - Dutch long-distance star Sven Kramer and US sprint standout Shani Davis figure to be the men to catch for gold at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games while Canadian stars are among the women's favorites.
Kramer is a three-time reigning world champion at 5000m and 10000m as well as with the Dutch squad in team pursuit. After taking 5000 silver at the 2006 Torino Games, the four-time European all-round champion eyes gold in Vancouver. "I don't have my gold medal," Kramer said. "I will go for it."
Norway's Havard Bokko, last year's 5000 and 10000 world runner-up, could again offer the biggest obstacle to the supremacy of Kramer, 23, in the longest events.
Davis, 27, became the first black Winter Olympic individual event champion by capturing 2006 Olympic 1000m gold and also took home 1,500m silver.
The American is a three-time 1,500m and two-time 1000m world champion and the world record-holder at each distance.

USA: Davis opts out of 10000m.

Los Angeles, Jan 27, 2010 - US speed skater Shani Davis has opted out of the 10000m at the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, foregoing an attempt at all five individual events.
"That's correct, he has decided not to do that," US Speedskating spokeswoman Peri Kinder said Wednesday.
Davis, the first black Winter Olympic individual event champion, had been expected to attempt to match fellow American Eric Heiden's one-Games record of five speedskating golds after qualifying in every event - the 500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m and 10000m.
Instead he has dropped the 10000m in an apparent bid to bolster his chances in his strongest events.
Davis, a three-time 1500m and two-time 1000m world champion, is the world record-holder at each distance and won his landmark gold medal at 1000 meters at the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, where he also took silver in the 1500.

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