Short Track

Friday Oct. 4, 2013 15:54

Short Track: Contenders to watch

Olympic medal hopefuls for Sochi Winter Games

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    As the face of Canadian short track speed skating, Charles Hamelin is focused on another stellar Olympic Games. The Levis, Que., native won gold in the 500 metres event at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, along with the 5,000m relay title. Hamelin has been even more dominant at the world championships, reaching the podium 25 times in his career while winning eight gold medals. (Graham Hughes/Canadian Press)

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    Canada’s Marianne St-Gelais earned silver medals in the women’s 500 metres and the 3,000m relay team in Vancouver.  Over the last four years, the Roberval, Que., skater has consistently been one of the best women short-track skaters, claiming seven world championship medals. (Yuri Kadobnov/Getty Images)

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    South Korean Noh Jin-Kyu, centre, is poised to become one of the short track speed skating stars of the Sochi Olympics. At the 2011 and 2012 world championships, the 21-year-old won five gold medals – two in the 1,500m, 1,000m, 3,000m, and an overall title. He also is the world-record holder in the 1,500m and 3,000m, and as part of the 5,000m relay team. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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    Only 23, American J.R. Celski's prospects for Olympic glory appear promising. A two-time bronze medallist in Vancouver, Celski’s breakthrough actually came in 2009, where he won five medals at the world championship in Vienna: two gold, one silver, two bronze. (Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press)

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    South Korean Sung Si-Bak, right, continues to live in the shadow of Charles Hamelin, finishing second to the Canadian in the 500-metres event in Vancouver, and again in the 5,000m relay competition to Canada. Still, he remains at threat to Hamelin's crown. (Ivan Sekretarev/Associated Press) 

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    Victor Ahn, left, is the veteran of the Russian team. Born in Seoul, the 27-year-old’s best moments came while competing for South Korea, winning three gold medals at the 2006 Torino Olympics. (Kaz/Getty Images)

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    The heir apparent of teammate Wang Meng, 20-year-old Fan Kexin, right, has been a big part of China’s 3,000-metre relay team, which has won the last three world titles. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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    A two-time bronze medallist at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, South Korea’s Park Seung-Hi has also won five gold medals at the world championships. (Kaz/Getty Images)

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    South Korea’s Shim Suk-Hee, right, will be a serious contender in the women’s 3,000 metres, where she hopes her 2013 world title will translate to Olympic gold. (Feng Li/Getty Images)

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    A five time Olympic medallist, including gold as part of the men’s 5,000-metre relay team at the 2006 Torino Olympics, South Korean Lee Ho-Suk, right, was also the overall world champion in 2009 and 2010. (Petar Petrov/Associated Press)

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