Olympic Short-Track 2014: Live Times of Men's 500 and Women's 1,000 and Relay

Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 18, 2014

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 18:  Alang Kim, Seung-Hi Park, Suk Hee Shim and Ha-Ri Cho of South Korea look on before competing in the Short Track Ladies' 3000m Relay Final A at Iceberg Skating Palace on day 11 of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics on February 18, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The day played out pretty much as expected at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi on Wednesday afternoon, with no major upsets in the women's 3,000-meter relay or in qualifying heats for the women's 1,000 and men's 500 meters.

As expected, it was Korea who emerged with the gold in the women's 3,000-meter relay.

Trailing with one lap to go, Shim Suk-Hee turned in the lap of her life, passing the Chinese team to secure first place.

It quickly went from bad-to-worse for China, as they were penalized for impeding and subsequently disqualified. They went from looking good for gold, to silver, to off the podium completely. 

The main beneficiaries of China's indiscretion were Canada, who moved from bronze to silver, and Italy, who got a spot in the medals with bronze.

Earlier in the day, there were few surprises during qualifying in the women's 1,000 meters. 

The United States' Jessica Smith and Emily Scott easily qualified for the quarterfinals, and they will be joined on Saturday by a talented field, highlighted by Italy's Arianna Fontana and Korea's Shim.

In the men's 500 meters, Victor An of Russia and J.R. Celski of the United States qualified for the quarterfinals without any problem.

But Canada's Charles Hamelin, the defending Olympic champion, fell during qualifying and will not get a chance to defend his crown.

It was Hamelin's second consecutive disappointing result, after capturing gold in the men's 1,500 meters last week.