I thought speedskating was supposed to be exciting to watch.

I thought Apolo Anton Ohno was supposed to be a rockstar – the Winter Olympics version of Michael Phelps.

It would seem that I was mostly wrong on both accounts.

I’ll admit to not understanding the intricacies of speedskating strategy, but as I watched the 1,500 meter race last night, I saw Team USA’s “shining hope for speedskating gold” out of medal contention completely as he skated through the last turn of the race.

Then something unbelievable happened.  With South Korean skaters poised to take the top three spots and bring home all the medals for that race, a late pass attempt resulted in the touching of skate blades during the final turn, destroying the probable silver and bronze medal racers and sending them off into the side padding wall.  This crash gave Ohno a Silver medal when he otherwise would’ve finished 4th.

Is Ohno a great speedskater?  Sure.  There’s a reason he was leading with 9 laps left.  But he’s not the greatest speedskater in the world today like some would like to consider him.  His past Olympic experiences have included a Gold Medal in the 1,500 in 2002 – which he won when a South Korean skater was disqualified, allowing Ohno to move up from 2nd place.  Four years ago, Ohno didn’t even get to the finals of the event, reaching only the eighth spot.

Needless to say I’ll be interested to see what Ohno can accomplish in the 500 meter and 1,000 meter races – events for which he has gained gold and silver in past Olympics.