Heading into Monday's men's 1,500-meter short-track speedskating final, you couldn't help but think Charles Hamelin was being a little overlooked.
All the stories seemed to be focusing on American J.R. Celski's quest to become the United States' new face of short-track and Victor An's chances of satisfying the host crowd by competing for gold.
But it was Canada’s Hamelin; reminding everyone he's still a force, who captured gold on Monday afternoon in the 1,500 meters. It was his first career Olympic medal in the 1,500 meters, and it allowed him to tie an Olympic record by capturing a medal in three separate short-track events.
China's teenage sensation Tianyu Han captured silver. At just 17 years old, and with an Olympic medal already on his resume, his future certainly looks bright.
Russia's An didn't capture the gold today, but he did make some history. With his bronze, he became the first Russian to secure a medal in short-track speedskating.
As for Celski, his quest to become the face of short-track in America hit a significant bump in the road. He finished a disappointing fourth and did not reach the podium.
Earlier in the day, in the women's 3,000-meter relay race, four teams qualified for a position in the medal race.
Korea and China, as expected, easily qualified. They will be joined by Canada and Italy.
Opening the day's short-track events, we saw the women compete in qualifying heats for the 500-meter race.
Marianne St-Gelais of Canada and Arianna Fontana of Italy, who captured silver and bronze respectively in Vancouver, both easily qualified for the next stage.
The only American woman to qualify was Emily Scott, after Jessica Smith suffered a nasty fall in her heat, and Alyson Dudek was disqualified.
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