US Breaks Medal Record

Ohno makes up for DQ with 8th medal
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2010 6:36 AM CST
US Breaks Medal Record
USA's Zach Parise scores against Finland's goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the first period of a men's semifinal round hockey game at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, Friday, Feb. 26, 2010.   (Julie Jacobson)

So rather than the Vonn-couver Olympics, these Games will likely belong to the entire US delegation instead. The Americans reached 34 medals with a silver and a bronze in short-track speedskating last night, and clinched two more by advancing to gold medal matches—36, topping the US record of 34 set in Salt Lake City.

Apolo Anton Ohno, the most-decorated Winter Olympian in US history, picked up his eighth career medal last night after being disqualified in an earlier race by getting bronze in the 5,000-meter relay. "It's a great time to be an American," said Katherine Reutter, who got a silver in the 1,000 meters at the short track. "One of the many things I was yelling was 'I love the USA!'" Unless something wild happens over the final two days, the US will win the overall medals race for only the second time, and the first since 1932 in Lake Placid. (Read more 2010 Vancouver Olympics stories.)

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