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Ammann Captures Historic Fourth Career Gold (21-Feb-10)

Snowseekers, Whistler Blackcomb, Feb 21, 2010 - From the team @ Snowseekers

Switzerland's Simon Ammann conquered his nerves to win the Olympic Games large hill title on Saturday and become the first ski jumper in history to win four individual golds. The 28-year-old recorded jumps of 144m and 138m for a total of 283.6 points to beat off Poland's Adam Malysz (137m and 133.5m for 269.4pts) and Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer (130.5m and 136m for 262.2pts). It was the same podium as last week's normal hill.

Ammann, who pulled off the double in the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, also won the 2010 normal hill title last Saturday. "I'm speechless. What can I say? I was so nervous. It was a nerve-wracking experience. But I had this magic force to jump far. This is truly great."

Schlierenzauer said he was content with a second bronze and was now looking for a gold in the team event. "It's really cool. I fought for this and it's a dream. Now I am looking forward to the team event with Austria."

Finnish ski jump legend Matti Nykanen won four four gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics but one of those came in the team event.

At the oval

Dutchman Mark Tuitert won the Olympic Winter Games men's 1,500 speedskating gold medal on Saturday, spoiling the bid for a golden double by American Shani Davis, the reigning world champion.

Tuitert captured the title in 1min 45.57sec with Davis, who won the Olympic 1,000m crown Wednesday, settling for silver for the second Olympic Games in a row in 1:46.10. Norway's Havard Bokko was third, another .03 out.

Canada's Denny Morrison, the 2008 world 1,500m champion, was on pace to lead but faded in the last 10 strides.

Ohno adds a bronze

Lee Jung-Su captured his second gold of the Olympics on Saturday, leading a South Korean one-two in the 1,000-metre short-track final.

The 20-year-old Lee, who won the 1,500m last weekend, was followed home by Lee Ho-Suk as South Korea enjoyed the added satisfaction of demoting bitter American rival Apolo Anton Ohno into third spot.

The result still brought Ohno his seventh Olympic medal, making him the most decorated American Winter Olympian.

Women's side

China's Zhou Yang won the Olympic Games women's 1,500-metre short-track gold on Saturday while teammate and title favourite Wang Meng was disqualified.

South Korea's Lee Eun-Byul and Park Seung-Hi finished second and third in the eight-woman final.

Zhou clocked 2min 16.993sec with Lee at 2:17.849 and Park at 2:17.927.

"I told myself a few days ago 'Zhou Yang, you can do this'," the 18-year-old Olympic newcomer said. "I believed in myself. I'm ecstatic."

Ranked top in the 1,500m World Cup series for two seasons running, Zhou added: "This gold medal is something I wanted. But there is another event I want to win. Stay tuned."

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