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Short Track Speed Skating at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games:

Men's 1,000 metres

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Host City: Salt Lake City, United States
Venue(s): Salt Lake Ice Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Started: February 13, 2002
Date Finished: February 16, 2002
Format: Placements 1-8 based on final and B final. Deeper placements based on points earned in earlier rounds, and time in final round skated.

Gold: AUS Steven Bradbury
Silver: USA Apolo Anton Ohno
Bronze: CAN Mathieu Turcotte

Summary

The story of the 1,000 m short track was not with one of the favorites, but with an Australian outsider, Steven Bradbury. A veteran of two Winter Olympics, he'd won a bronze medal with the Australian relay team in 1992, and had been a relay World Champion in 1991. But by 2002, Bradbury was no longer considered a factor. His participation in Salt Lake City was remarkable already, having broken two neck vertebrae in a training crash in late 2000.

Bradbury easily survived the heats, but appeared to go out in the quarter-finals, when star skater Marc Gagnon was disqualified for obstructing a Japanese skater, allowing the Australian to advance. A similar situation occurred in the semi-finals, when Bradbury was in third place when the defending champion, Kim Dong-Seong, collided with [Saturo Terao], eliminating them both. Bradbury again advanced for an unexpected spot in the final. That appeared the best he could do, as the other four finalists quickly distanced themselves from Bradbury. In the very last curve, crowd favorite Apolo Anton Ohno and Li Jiajun of China collided, taking Mathieu Turcotte and An Hyeon-Su with them. With the rest of field lying scattered on the ice, Bradbury crossed the line first. As he raised his arms in disbelief, the others scrambled to get up and cross the line, Ohno throwing his skate over the line first, followed by Turcotte.

Bradbury's surprise victory was Australia's first ever gold medal in the Winter Olympics, and it made him a celebrity in his home country. Just days after the final, Australia Post issued a stamp with his likeness, and "doing a Bradbury" entered Australian vocabulary.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS BT
1 Steven Bradbury 28 Australia AUS Gold
2 Apolo Anton Ohno 19 United States USA Silver
3 Mathieu Turcotte 25 Canada CAN Bronze
4 Viktor An 16 South Korea KOR
5 Kim Dong-Seong 22 South Korea KOR
6 Fabio Carta 24 Italy ITA
7 Naoya Tamura 22 Japan JPN
8 Li Jiajun 26 China CHN 63 DQ
9 Rusty Smith 22 United States USA 47 1:28.078
10 Feng Kai 23 China CHN 47 1:28.424
11 Wim De Deyne 24 Belgium BEL 42 1:27.785
12 Satoru Terao 26 Japan JPN 42 1:28.241
13 Nicola Rodigari 20 Italy ITA 34 1:27.578
14 Leon Flack 21 Great Britain GBR 29 1:28.604
15 Mark McNee 20 Australia AUS 29 1:39.325
16 Marc Gagnon 26 Canada CAN 21 1:28.718
17 Bruno Loscos 26 France FRA 13 1:28.532
18 Cees Juffermans 19 Netherlands NED 13 1:29.249
19 Krystian Zdrojkowski 19 Poland POL 13 1:30.026
20 Balázs Knoch 22 Hungary HUN 13 1:31.061
21 Kornél Szántó 23 Hungary HUN 13 1:31.391
22 Mark Jackson 21 New Zealand NZL 13 1:32.276
23 Arian Nachbar 25 Germany GER 13 1:33.585
24 Pieter Gysel 21 Belgium BEL 8 1:31.290
25 Kiril Pandov 18 Bulgaria BUL 8 1:31.842
26 Miroslav Boyadzhiev 22 Bulgaria BUL 8 1:32.421
27 Nicky Gooch 29 Great Britain GBR 8 1:38.034
28 Battulgyn Oktyabri 21 Mongolia MGL 8 1:47.213
29 Matúš Užák 20 Slovakia SVK 8 2:17.608
AC Gregory Durand 24 France FRA DQ
AC Vladimir Grigoryev 19 Ukraine UKR DQ
AC Martin Johansson 28 Sweden SWE DQ