- Short Track
14 most memorable moments from short track in Sochi
1. The women's 500m and its crazy final- Short track is infamous for its unpredictability and crashes, but the women's 500m final was even more dramatic than expected. Nearly every skater crashed, leaving China's Li Jianrou to take home gold in the event. It was the fourth consecutive gold for China in the women's 500m, but still a relative surprise after the loss of superstar Wang Meng.
Embedded video_content_type: 'Never seen before' finish in women's 500m
2. Viktor Ahn winning Russia's first short track medal- Viktor Ahn won bronze in the 1500m and earned Russia's first short track medal. The crowd went wild for Ahn, who won four Olympic medals for South Korea as Ahn Hyun-Soo. He switched names and nationalities after not feeling supported by the South Korean program.
Embedded video_content_type: Viktor Ahn: South Korean representing Russia
3. The U.S. winning silver in the men's 5000m relay- The U.S. struggled in Sochi and only earned one medal, but it was a memorable. In the last short track race of the Olympics, the U.S. team won silver in the relay behind Russia, and it was all smiles for a brief moment for U.S. speedskating, which was desperately needed.
Embedded video_content_type: U.S. men break down silver medal performance in 5000m relay
4. The falls by U.S. skaters- Part of the U.S. struggles involved some slips and crashes. J.R. Celski fell twice, eliminating him from the 500m and 1000m races. Eddy Alvarez suffered the same fate in the 500m. It made things difficult for the U.S. team, who only had a few individual medal contenders in the first place.
Embedded video_content_type: J.R. Celski falls in quarterfinals
5. Charles Hamelin winning gold in the 1500m- For Hamelin's standard, it might have been a relatively subdued Olympics, but he certainly started it with a bang when he won gold in the 1500m. After, he shared a kiss with girlfriend and fellow Canadian short tracker Marianne St.-Gelais, and it was a moment to remember for those who saw.
Embedded owg_slideshow: Charles Hamelin wins 1500m gold on Day 3 of Olympics
6. Russia winning the men's relay- Russia won its first ever short track relay medal, and it was a big one. They were leading, but not by a ton, until anchor and superstar Viktor Ahn skated the two laps so perfectly that J.R. Celski had no chance to catch him. Ahn crossed the finish line, hands in the air, mouth ajar from furious shouting. A champion did what he did best, and it was a perfect embodiment of his ridiculously successful Olympics.
Embedded owg_slideshow: Russia wins men's relay, U.S. right behind them
7. Ahn winning gold in the 1000m- Ahn's first gold medal of the Games came in the 1000m, and it was quite a scene. The crowd went crazy in appreciation of the former South Korean superstar. All of the controversy of his move and identity shift fell to the side in a moment of bliss, and one that Ahn earned after a tumultuous period of time in which he was criticized incessantly.
Embedded video_content_type: Ahn secures Russia first short track gold
8. South Korea winning the women's relay- South Korea is traditionally the biggest power in the short track, but they struggled in Sochi. The men won no medals and the women won two golds. One came in the relay, and it was an emotional moment for the team. They lost the event in Vancouver and had been craving redemption, which they found in Sochi. It was a rough Olympics for the powerful nation, but the relay win was a sunny moment amidst a cloud of negativity.
Embedded video_content_type: South Korea golden in 3000m relay, China disqualified
9. Viktor Ahn wins gold in the 500m, earns three in Sochi- There's no question about it, Viktor Ahn owned short track in Sochi. He won three golds-- one in the 500m, one in the 1000m and one in the 5000m relay--all in front of his home crowd of Russia. It was everything you could ask for: emotion, vindication, surprise and perfection. He established himself as arguably the greatest short track skater in history with eight total medals, six of which are gold. It was Viktor Ahn's Olympics, and with all the chaos that surrounded him before it, things couldn't have gone smoother.
Embedded video_content_type: Viktor Ahn helps win more gold for Russia
10. The medal ceremony for the men's 5000m relay- The U.S. short track is a fun bunch, and they have been friends since their days of racing together in inline. Perhaps that's the reason that when they received their medals for the relay, they did it in such style. It's a microcosm of their personality, and cool to see athletes having fun in such a tense environment.
Embedded video_content_type: Team USA accepts short track silver medals in entertaining way
11. Arianna Fontana's performance- Fontana is an Italian short track skater who has been consistent for years, but never really found her moment of glory. She did in Sochi. The affable short tracker won three medals--silver in the 500m, bronze in the 1500m and relay--at the 2014 Olympics. She couldnt keep her smile tucked away in her moment of glee, and it seemed that everyone was rooting for her to succeed.
Embedded owg_slideshow: Li Jianrou wins women's 500m, wild crash occurs
12. The men's 1500m- As previously mentioned, Charles Hamelin won gold in the 1500m, earning the first short track medal in Sochi. But the 1500m itself was one of the best races of the Games, with Hamelin, Ahn and Celski all in the top four. Crashes robbed the viewers of that opportunity in the rest of the events, but it was a wild race with some of the best short trackers in the world.
Embedded video_content_type: Charles Hamelin sets 1500m short track Olympic record
13. Park Seung-Hi wins gold in the women's 1000m- South Korea struggled, as previously mentioned, but one of the bright spots was the performance from Park Seung-Hi, who took gold in the 1000m. She also won bronze in the 500m on the same day, giving the South Korean team a solid medal haul in their final chance to do so.
Embedded video_content_type: Park Seung-Hi takes 1000m short track gold
14. Jessica Smith's 1000m race- The U.S. women struggled in Sochi, and not much was expected of them in the first place. They lost their strongest skater in Katherine Reutter, who retired after Vancouver, and they didn't even qualify a relay team for Sochi. But Jessica Smith managed to make it to the finals of the 1000m and finished fourth, which might not have landed her on a podium, but it certainly showed heart and passion.
Embedded video_content_type: Jessica Smith and Park Seung-Hi move on to 1000m final
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