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Olympic Short-Track Men's, Women's Speedskating 2014: Live Day 14 Results

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Kevin McRaeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 21, 2014

The United States completed a nightmarish individual short-track showing in Sochi on Friday afternoon, failing to capture a single medal in the competition.

But it wasn't all bad news for the Americans. The men's relay team did secure a silver medal in the 5,000-meter event, finishing just behind Russia.

In the event, Victor An solidified his title as the king of Sochi, skating a blistering final two laps to secure gold for Russia, just ahead of J.R. Celski and the United States.

The Russian team finished in an Olympic-record time of 6:42.10.

An, a highly decorated Olympian who captured three gold medals and a bronze for Korea in Turin, finished with two individual golds, a team gold and a bronze for Russia.

For the United States, it took 14 days, but they finally secured a medal on the short-track. 

China, who had a nasty spill on the first lap, rallied to secure the bronze.

In the men’s 500-meter finals, Russia’s An continued his dominance of the short-track, capturing the gold, his second individual gold in Sochi and fifth career overall.

Celski, who came into the Games hoping to become the face of American short-track, failed to qualify for the finals. He fell in his quarterfinal race, but was advanced to the semifinals due to a penalty. But he couldn't get through.

In the women’s 1,000-meter finals, Korea secured two spots on the podium.

Seung-hi Park captured the gold medal, followed by China’s Kexin Fan with silver.

Suk Hee Shim of Korea, one of the favorites in the event, had to settle for bronze.

Jessica Smith, the lone American skater to make a final on Friday, finished in fourth.

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