Ohno advances in chase to make US Olympic history

Apolo Anton Ohno has easily advanced through the preliminaries

of 1,500-meter short track, moving closer to getting a shot at

tying Bonnie Blair as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.

Ohno, who won a total of five medals at the last two Olympics,

spent most of the 13 1/2-lap race cruising at the back of the pack.

Then, with less than three laps to go, Ohno turned on the speed and

went around four other skaters to take over first place.

When a crash took out a couple of skaters behind him, Ohno

coasted across the line far ahead of everyone else to advance to

the semifinals later Saturday.