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The list of great American athletes who have won bunches of medals at the Winter Olympic Games makes for a story of perseverance, endurance and triumph. These are the greats, the names that boys and girls read about in books that fuel their dreams in the big cities and the far corners of the United States.
With the silver medal he won Saturday in the 1500 meters in long-track speedskating, for instance, Shani Davisnow has four. That silver marked the first time an American has won medals in the 1500m in back-to-back Olympics.
Skier Bode Miller, with the silver he won Friday in the super-G, has four medals, too -- most by any American ski racer at the Games, ever.
Eric Heiden has five, all from 1980 Lake Placid Games, and what he did there may never be seen again. He won at every distance, from the 500-meter sprint through the distance event that is the 10,000.
Bonnie Blair has six medals. She won gold at three different editions of the Games: 1988, 1992, 1994.
Apolo Ohno, the short-track speedskating star, stands alone.
In winning bronze Saturday in the 1000 meters, a race in which he seemed poised to take over the lead late but then had to scramble in the last laps just to get back to third, Ohno now holds seven medals.
Two in Salt Lake City in 2002. Three in Torino in 2006. Two in Vancouver in 2010, and counting.
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