Apolo Ohno

Short-track speedskating: Passionate hosts ready to rock

Short-track speedskating: Passionate hosts ready to rock

If you like your Olympic competition staid and sportsmanlike, the short-track speedskating rink isn’t the place.

The skaters’ helmets and pads are a dead giveaway that elbows will be flying at high speeds.

Darting down low or around the pack to secure a better position can cause crashes that earned the sport its reputation as roller derby on ice. Throw in the fact that South Korea is a hotbed for short track and it makes sense that Gangneung Ice Arena will seat 12,000 spectators for the rock ’em, sock ’em action.

How prickly and passionate is the host country about the sport that has been its best? Apolo Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian, was once Public...

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