VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Apolo Anton Ohno tied the record for most Winter Olympic medals won by an American Saturday thanks to a late-race collision involving two South Koreans.
In a typically mayhem-filled short-track speed skating final, Jung-Su Lee of South Korea won the 1,500-meter gold medal. Two other South Koreans -- Ho-Suk Lee and Si-Bak Sung -- were in position to finish second and third, but they bumped into each heading into the final turn and both fell.
That allowed Ohno to win silver. It was the sixth medal of his Olympic career, equaling the number captured by Bonnie Blair during her years as America's premier speed skater.
The South Korean mistake also put J.R. Celski of the United States in third place. Celski, 19, was skating for the first time since almost bleeding to death when he was cut in the leg during the American championships last September. It took 60 stitches to close the wound he suffered.
Ohno had won two golds, a silver and two bronzes during his appearances in Salt Lake City and Turin in the past eight years and he came into these Games as one of the United States' most visible athletes -- winter or summer.
He only added to his notoriety by winning the reality competition "Dancing with the Stars" in 2007.
Ohno, after making it through the quarterfinals and semifinals Saturday, attempted to lead from the front during the finals.
Jung-Su Lee passed Ohno late in the race, however, and Ohno was briefly thrown off stride. That allowed the other two South Koreans to move by Ohno.
The collision that ensued, however, simply added to the history of spills and heartbreak associated with the unique sport.
In the women's 500 heats held Saturday, Americans Katherine Reutter and Alyson Dudek made it safely past the first round, as did race favorite Wang Meng of China.