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16 February - A modern tortoise and the hare story - Steven John Bradbury' Gold Medal .

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Feb 16, 2014 1:56 am

Today event in Australian History Today
16th February

** Watch video below - Bradbury talks us through his performance at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games and winning gold.

2002 – Steven John Bradbury OAM (born 14 October 1973 in Camden, Sydney) is a former Australian short track speed skater and four-time Olympian.

Steven won the
1,000 m event at the Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games,after all of his opponents were involved in a last corner pile-up.

Bradbury was allocated to the same race as Apolo Anton Ohno, the favourite from the host nation, and Marc Gagnon of Canada, the defending World Champion.

Only the top two finishers from each race would proceed to the semifinals. Bradbury finished third in his race and thought himself to be eliminated.

Luckily, Gagnon was disqualified for obstructing another racer, thus allowing the Australian to advance to the semi-finals.

Luck strikes again
In the final, Bradbury was
again well off the pace when all four of his competitors (Ohno, Ahn Hyun-Soo, Li and Turcotte) crashed out at the final corner while jostling for the gold medal.

This allowed the Bradbury, who was around 15 m behind with only 50 m to go, to avoid the pile-up and take the victory.

Bradbury raised his arms aloft in complete disbelief and amazement at the unlikely circumstances of his victory. A shocked Bradbury became the first person from any southern hemisphere country to win a Winter Olympic event.

He was also the first Australian to win a Winter Olympic gold medal and was also part of the short track relay team that won Australia's first Winter Olympic medal, a bronze in 1994 at Lillehammer, Norway.

Bradbury recognised as a true sportsmen
In 2007, Bradbury was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his Olympic gold medal win. In the same year Bradbury was also inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.

In 2009, Bradbury was inducted into the Queensland Sport Hall of Fame.

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