The American who made the soul patch fashionable -- even the women were wearin' em -- pulled out a silver medal in the 1,500-meter final Saturday night when two South Koreans took each other out on the final turn, allowing Ohno to tie Bonnie Blair for most medals won by a U.S. Winter Olympian.
Korea still got the gold, which went to Lee Jung-Su, out front and out of the trouble that gobbled up his teammates. But Ohno had no complaints about being the runner-up, especially when he swerved into the final turn in fourth, all hope of a medal appearing lost.
"Pretty intense," Ohno said. "This is what this sport is all about."
In short track, the most freakish of Olympic sports, it's never over until everyone's across the line -- and, sometimes, even then it's not over.
Disqualifications are common, and Ohno thought he might benefit from one after jostling with Sung Si-Bak with a few laps to go, even grabbing at the South Korean to keep from falling.