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Rusty Smith

Full name: Rusty Smith
Gender: Male
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: August 27, 1979 in Sunset Beach, California, United States
Affiliations: Southern California Speedskating Association
Country: USA United States
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Rusty Smith has competed at three Winter Olympic Games, with bronze medals in the 500 in 2002 and in the relay in 2006. He continues to compete and is on the US Short-Track Team, with an eye to make the Olympic team for Vancouver in 2010. At the 2002 US Olympic Trials, Smith was involved in the controversial final 1,000 metre race. Smith and teammates Apollo Anton Ohno had already qualified for the team. Their friend, Shani Davis, had not and needed to win the race to make the Olympic team. Davis did win the race, but other skaters, notably Tommy O’Hare, claimed that Ohno and Smith set this up for Davis. They were fully exonerated and Smith sued O’Hare for defamation of character, although it went nowhere. Davis made the Olympic team but then withdrew to compete in the World Long-Track Junior Championships.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.556 (2004); 1,000 – 1:24.938 (2004); 1,500 – 2:13.893 (2001); 3,000 – 4:57.700 (2003).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 22
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 13
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 6
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 9
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 6
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 4
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 4
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 22 2 44.584
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Four 3 2 44.584
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 3
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Round A Final 3 42.027
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 Q 34 41.916
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 34 42.359
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Four 2 Q 21 42.849

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T PLR
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 13 6 1:39.775
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 4 1 1:39.775
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Eight 1 Q 5 1:33.326
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 9 47 1:28.078
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 3 13 1:28.078
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Seven 1 Q/OR 34 1:28.183
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 AF-4
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Round A Final 4 1:27.435
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States Semi-Finals Heat One 2 Q 21 1:29.515
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 1 Q/OR 34 1:27.000
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Three 2 Q 21 1:27.508

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T PTS
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Round B Final 1 2:27.155
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Semi-Finals Heat One 3 QB 2:16.906 13
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Three 1 Q 2:25.179 34

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 6
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Round B Final 2
1998 Winter 18 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 4
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 4
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Round A Final 4
2002 Winter 22 Salt Lake City Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 3
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Round A Final 3
2006 Winter 26 Torino Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 1