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Laurel's Cho off to smooth start

Laurel's Simon Cho helped the U.S. men's 5,000-meter relay team get through Wednesday's semifinals in short track speedskating, earning a place in the Feb. 26 final.
Cho competed second, skating after J.R. Celski, with Travis Jayner and Apolo Anton Ohno bringing the U.S. team home. The Americans finished second in 6 minutes, 46.369 seconds, just behind the powerful South Korean team (6:43.845).
The U.S. men won the bronze in the event in 2006, and claimed the silver in 1994 in Lillehammer.
Cho, who also competes in the individual 500 here, does not know whether he will be selected to compete in the event's final. Jordan Malone is also available for the race.
"It's such a well-rounded team, so it depends on the coach," Cho said Wednesday. "He will decide on the night of the relay. We don't even know. Regardless, we'll be a strong team."
Said Jayner: "I think the USA could have fielded two relay teams. It goes to show the depth of our team."

By Amy Shipley  |  February 18, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Short Track Speedskating  
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