February 21

South Korean wins gold in women’s 1,000-meter speedskating

Park Seung-hi wins her third medal in Sochi after taking over the lead from American Jessica Smith, who fails to medal.

By Beth Harris
The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia – Park Seung-hi of South Korea won Olympic gold in women’s 1,000-meter short track, giving her a third medal at the Sochi Games.

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Valerie Maltais of Canada, center, crashes out as she competes with Park Seung-hi of South Korea, left, and Jessica Smith of the United States in a women’s 1000-meter short track speedskating semifinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics on Friday in Sochi, Russia.

The Associated Press

Park took over the lead from American Jessica Smith early in the race Friday night and stayed in front the rest of the way. Park earned her other gold medal in the women’s 3,000 relay, and took bronze in the 500.

Fan Kexin of China earned silver, and Shim Suk-hee of South Korea earned bronze in the crash-free final. Shim also won her third medal, having taken silver in the 1,500 and joining Park on the victorious relay.

Smith, of Melvindale, Mich., finished last in the four-woman final.

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