VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 15: Mo Tae-Bum of South Korea competes in the men's speed skating 500 m final on day 4 of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics at Richmond Olympic Oval on February 15, 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images)

Mo Tae-Bum Wins Men's Speed Skating 500m Gold

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Tae-Bum Mo Wins Men's Speed Skating 500m Gold

The Men's Speed Skating 500m, an event delayed when the Olympia Ice Resurfacer, designed of course to smooth the ice, did the opposite, making it bumpy while gouging it, was eventually won by South Korea's Mo Tae-Bum. It was his country's first gold medal in the 500m, and the second overall of the 2010 Winter Games.

The silver and bronze medals were won by a pair of Japanese skaters, Keiichiro Nagashima and Joji Kato, respectively.

The top American finisher, Tucker Fredricks, came in 12th place, 0.53 seconds behind the leader.

Fellow American Shani Davis, one of the athletes who was forced to sit through the delay before skating, withdrew after the first race, opting not to compete in Race 2. He was not considered a medal favorite to begin with.

More: SB Nation’s full coverage of the Winter Olympics and the 2010 Winter Olympics Medal Count Tracker.

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