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Mr. Baker Blog, your “ramblings are barely comprehensible” as you so aptly subtitled your blog. Kudos to the New York Times for covering the World Championships in short track speedskating from Vienna, Austria this past weekend. There were many of us at our computers at the crack of dawn, and some before the dawn even cracked, that were watching flashing numbers on a screen to see our US athletes race counterclockwise around an ice oval. You can only imagine how excited we were when we discovered a Korean television station was actually broadcasting the competition. The New York Times can join the Boston Globe, the Chicago Times and the LA Times in their coverage of these young and talented young men and women. I only hope they continue to cover not only the Americans but the other skaters from countries around the World. We only wish one of the television broadcasting companies would at least broadcast some of the World Cups that are skated through the short track season. If you’ve never attended a short track speedskating competition I would encourage you to do so. There is nothing like watching these skaters race around an ice rink at speeds topping 35-40 miles an hour. These athletes put themselves in danger every time they get on the ice. One stumble can result in a crash into an improperly padded wall with dehabilitating results. But these athletes love their sport and the adreline rush they get from skating as fast as they can against other skaters on ice. I think you will find it one of the most exciting sports there is to watch live. So before you assume that “no one wants or needs to read a couple thousand words, spread over three separate stories, accompanied by multiple color photos - all about Apolo Anton Ohno” - you should educate yourself on what short track is all about. It’s about sacrifice, an athletic gift, and the love of the sport. I invite you to visit http://www.rocker-u.net/ where you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about short track speedskating. And you might want to visit http://www.therockerfund.org/ should your heart be open to helping some of these young men and women pursue their Olympic dreams. These sites were started by and are supported by fans of short track. You might also like to visit gotapolo.com which is a site started by a fan of Apolo Anton Ohno’s after the 2002 Olympics. It’s kind of like my mother use to say, Mr. Baker Blog, “think before your speak” or at least be knowledgeable about the subject matter you are speaking about.


I care about short track speedskating. It's a wonderful sport. And Apolo has been an amazing representative of the sport. When Michael Phelps fell flat on his face recently, the USOC knew exactly who they could count on to represent the Olympic ideals, and that was Apolo. He will be THE story of the Vancouver Olympics. The NY Times got the jump on the story, as they so often do.


...Noone cares about it? Really? Noone told us that..
Frankly, I saw this article in print and cheered. Loudly.


If "Short track speed skating is a sport about which NOBODY gives a crap every four years during the Olympics" and it is so obscure, then why were there more than 34,000 tickets requested for the short track speed skating sessions at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games? The requests were so overwhelming that they had to handle them through a lottery system.

Ashlee Vance

I know this blogger personally. He has a thing for speedskaters because he couldn't make the team in college, and then his girlfriend broke up with him. He's been hung up about it for years.


I suspect the Times thought we could use a sports story that didn't involve sensationalism and negative publicity. With the 2010 Olympics coming up in less than a year they wanted to profile one of the genuine stars. Ohno has consistentely delivered the goods since he won his first national championship at age 14. He's won every one since along with his Olympic medals. You won't have problems pointing this guy out to your kids. I think we need more, not less, of that. I'm sick of Madoff and all other Wallstreet crooks. We don't need more financial information. We need more character in our citizens.

steve laffert

i don't think the blog writer was questioning ohno. i think he was questioning the new york times. are there enough people who care about this sport to justify such extensive coverage of one person in an obscure sport. the answer is no.

Susan Groszkiewicz

I realize you are entitled to your opinion, especially on your own blog. That opinion is sadly short sighted however. Did you bother to read the article? You might note that Ohno hasn't been in jail, been busted for doping or beaten up his girlfriends. He's just out there every day, bustin' his hump for the chance to be one of the best in the world at what he does. In the process he has affected the lives of some people, maybe not milllions but then how many of us actually have a positive effect on anyone? (Do you?) I learned about the sport in 2002 and made some great frineds on www.Ohnozone.com Actually learned to use the internet, met up with peeps at competitions and have traveled the world the last 7 years. The skaters rarely have much in the way of an audiance. They and their parents are thrilled when we show up. They are accessible, courteous and unfailing generous with their time. Ummmm...can you say that about those folks you presumable like to read about on the Sports page? I even took up short track with a local club. Me, a middle aged lawyer gets a new lease on life and a pretty good looking body out of that. New friends, an appreciation of the challenge of something I never thought I could do. Admiration for the grace that Ohno shows both in victory and defeat. Drop the glitzy pix you have here. Ohno is the total package...OK he's really short but so is my husband. Try expanding your limited horizons. Who knows? You just might learn something.


To each his own. However, there are thousands if ardent short track fans in the US and across the world.

It's nice to know the NY Times mind set is not as narrow as yours.

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