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Mo held up two fingers, representing both his finish and his total haul from these games. South Korea extended its impressive showing with two golds and two silvers in the first five events.
"I could have done better," Mo said through a translator. "Shani had the greater technique in turning the corners."
Skating in the same pair with Mo, Hedrick nearly clipped a lane marker in the first turn and appeared to lose valuable time, but he's always been a strong finisher. Amazingly, he nearly caught the fading Korean at the line.
That turned out to be good enough for bronze, giving Hedrick medals in four different Olympic events, a range that surely makes the former inline champion one of the most versatile skaters in U.S. history.
Davis is carving out quite a legacy for himself, too.
He became just the third American male to win more than one speedskating gold medal, joining Eric Heiden (five at the 1980 Lake Placid Games) and Irving Jaffee (two golds at the '32 Games, also in Lake Placid).
Lee Kyou-hyuk, a 31-year-old from South Korea skating in his fifth Olympics, hasn't been able to win a medal of any color. He again failed to make the podium, finishing ninth in 1:09.92.
The Americans put all four skaters in the top 10 after being shut out of the medals through the first four events. Nick Pearson was seventh in 1:09.79, while Trevor Marsicano took 10th in 1:10.11.
Maybe the U.S. team benefited from the Colbert bump.
Stephen Colbert, who stepped in to sponsor the team with fan donations after the American program lost their main benefactor, made his first appearance at the oval in suburban Vancouver. The faux talk-show host met with several skaters before the event, wearing a red coat with "Assistant Sports Psychologist" emblazoned on the back.
Then he watched the U.S. claim its first two medals on the long track.
Next up for the men is Saturday's 1,500, a race in which Davis holds the world record but could get a strong challenge from Hedrick, the only skater to beat him at that distance during the World Cup season.
"With me not having as good of a start, I have to pretty much focus on the 1,500," Hedrick said. "This is a great sign for me, only losing by four-tenths in the 1,000 and knowing that Saturday is a longer race."
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