A Day at the Track

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I know. I keep sharing non related Idaho moments at this year's Olympics. That's mainly because the events I have tickets for, don't have any Idaho athletes. Still it's the Olympics and gosh darn it (yes I just said gosh darn it), speed skating is plain cool or what Canadian snowboarders here say "sick." So below you'll find photos and captions from Tuesday's 500 meter women's speed skating race. South Korea's Lee Sang-hwa won gold at the Richmond Olympic Oval. She becomes the first Asian woman to win an Olympic speed skating event. Sang-hwa burst into tears after she realized she won. There were plenty of fans from Korea in the stands to cheer her on.

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This is a shot of one of Canada's speed skaters half way through the 500 meter event. The crowd stomped their feet so hard the bleachers shook.

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Korea ruled the day winning its first gold medal in women's speed skating.

Lee Sang-hwa carries the Korean flag around the rink at the Richmond Olympic Oval after winning gold.
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  • Lee Sang-hwa carries the Korean flag around the rink at the Richmond Olympic Oval after winning gold.

Every time a Canadian speed skater took the ice the packed stadium went wild.
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  • Every time a Canadian speed skater took the ice the packed stadium went wild.

We have bands at football and basketball games but youll also find great band action at speed skating. Check out the Dutch band Kleintje Pils, or Small Beer. They entertained the crowd in between races.
  • Sadie Babits
  • We have bands at football and basketball games but you'll also find great band action at speed skating. Check out the Dutch band Kleintje Pils, or Small Beer. They entertained the crowd in between races.

And they wore what else? Clogs!
  • Sadie Babits
  • And they wore what else? Clogs!

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