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Wipe Out! Give us your ooohhhs, your aaahhhs--the louder, the better--because nothing says ouch quite like a spill on Olympic ice

Wipe Out! Give us your ooohhhs, your aaahhhs--the louder, the better--because nothing says ouch quite like a spill on Olympic ice

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This is an article from the Feb. 22, 2002 issue

COLOR PHOTO: AL TIELEMANS Clockwise from top left: Ohno, Hyun Soo Ahn (348) of South Korea and Mathieu Turcotte (319) of Canada go slip, sliding away; South Korea's Min Ryoung has a wallbanger of a bad time in short track; and long-track speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon does the Canadian crawl.COLOR PHOTO: GARY BOGDEN/ORLANDO SENTINELCOLOR PHOTO: SHOMA FUJIWAKI/ASAHI SHIMBUN/AP

The more graceful and athletic they are, the more shocking--and,
often, costly--their falls, which is why Olympians are forever
skating on thin ice.
After the spectacular pileup that cost him a gold in the 1,000
meters, Apolo Ohno (helmet 369) said, "This is short track. This
is the sport I live for."