Allison, I know this world is killing u

VANCOUVER – Allison Baver was knocked into a wall again. This time she got up, continued to skate, and advanced into Saturday’s 1500-meter semifinals anyway through the arcane rules of short-track speedskating.
And then: ``A tactical mistake,’’ she said. She let two many skaters move ahead of her, too many for her to make a charge at the end.
``I wish I would have just slapped myself in the face and reminded myself to take control of the race and be in front of certain girls,’’ said Baver, a native of the Reading suburb of Sinking Spring. ``Usually I skate a lot more aggressively, from the front. Part of it was my confidence a little bit. That split second when I wanted to go to the front I was like, ``oooh’’. I just wasn’t sure of myself. And I think that just comes with my injury a little bit. Not knowing my body 100 percent.’’
A quick refresher: Last February, Baver broke her right ankle, her fibula and suffered cartilage damage when she was knocked off her feet and into the boards by U.S. teammate Katherine Reutter during a World Cup race in Sofie, Bulgaria last February. She didn’t walk again until May, didn’t return to the U.S. team until June, didn’t qualify for the Olympics until September.
Reutter finished fourth last night. She too gained the finals despite a semifinal collision, and she was involved in contact in the final race as well.
Baver will have two other chances to medal – in the 1,000 meters, which begin on Wednesday and finish Friday, and the women’s 3,000 meter relay Wednesday night.
``I wish I would have just went with my instincts in my semifinal,’’ she said. ``I hate that I made that mistake… Hopefully this will give me the fire to step it up in my other races.’’
Less than an hour after she said this, her ex, Apolo Anton Ohno, made Olympic history by gaining a bronze medal in the Men’s 1500 Final, his seventh overall. That eclipsed the six Bonnie Blair accumulated over three Olympics, although it should be noted that five of Blair’s were gold, and came in the more traditional long track discipline.
Ohno has won two gold, two silver and now, three bronze medals. A smile crossed his face as he crossed the finish line, signaling up towards Blair, who was in attendance.
``I'm very happy for Apolo's accomplishment," Blair said. "It's a great feat for him, US Speedskating, and the United States of America. We hope that more kids will see his accomplishments and want to try our great sport that has been so good to us and taught us so much about what it takes to be successful in life.’’
Ohno nearly fell as he chased down his two bitter Korean rivals, Jung-Su Lee and Ho-Suk Lee, in the final -- which cost him any chance to beat them. He has two more medal opportunities – the 500 which begins Wednesday and finishes Friday, and the 5000 meter relay event Friday night.’’

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