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Apolo expects a 'caaraazzzy' race in the 1,000 meters

VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Apolo Anton Ohno knows what awaits him as he attempts to careen into U.S. Olympic history.

"Tomorrow is going to be caaraazzzy! Can u dig it?" the short-track speedskater tweeted before practice Friday at Pacific Coliseum.

Ohno resumes his quest for a seventh career Olympic medal in Saturday's 1,000 meters. A victory would break his six-medal tie with long-track speedskater Bonnie Blair as the most decorated American Winter Olympian.

First, though, Ohno has to get to the final. He'll have to survive quarterfinal and semifinal rounds to earn a shot at his second medal of these games. He already won a silver in the 1,500.

It won't be easy. Aside from the usual thrills and spills that make short track so unpredictable, Ohno is facing his biggest rivals - the powerful South Koreans.

They were on track to sweep the medals in the 1,500 until two of them crashed in the final turn, allowing Ohno and teammate J.R. Celski to claim silver and bronze. Lee Jung-su won the gold.

Lee, along with Lee Ho-suk and Sung Si-bak, who both crashed, are back to challenge Ohno in the 1,000, along with Celski. They already advanced through the preliminaries.

"The 1,000 is going to be much different and very fast, and there's going to be a lot more contact," Ohno said this week.

He is public enemy No. 1 among short-track fans in South Korea, where he received death threats in 2003. After he shared the podium with Lee last weekend, thousands of angry anti-Ohno e-mails shut down the U.S. Olympic Committee server for nine hours.

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