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Apolo Anton Ohno calm heading into 500 meters

Apolo Anton Ohno will return to the ice Wednesday at 8:47 p.m. for his preliminary heat in the 500 meters -- his first competition since the 1000 meters on Feb. 20, when he took bronze to become the most decorated American Winter Olympian.

Ohno's seventh career medal surpassed the six amassed by long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair during her career. It also removed some of the pressure placed upon Ohno during these Games as he heads into his final event in Vancouver.

Fans of short-track speedskating are in for a treat in the 500 meters because of its frenetic pace. Ohno has provided insight into the upcoming sprint on ice, as well as his mindset heading into the final days of competition.

Another day closer. Switching gears to prep for the sprints. The 500 is like playing craps...It will be fun
9:35 AM Feb 23rd via TweetDeck
4.5 laps. ~40 seconds in duration. 4-5 men on the starting line. Pure intensity and speed. It took "the perfect races" 4 me in Torino.
9:38 AM Feb 23rd via TweetDeck

From the sound of it, the 500 meters should be a shootout. However, Ohno's tweets today show a calm in stark contrast to the pace of his upcoming contest.

For example:

Here & now~ breathe & relax| 3 more days of a perfect Olympic Experience. Now? Just more icing on the cake :-) I live for these moments!

By John Kiernan  |  February 24, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
Categories:  Apolo Anton Ohno , Short Track Speedskating , Vancouver 2010  
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Comments

We adore Apolo Ohno. He exemplifies the ALL AMERICAN SPORTS HERO.

Thank you Mr. Ohno for your wonderful American treasure.

Posted by: virgosiempre | February 26, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

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