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Ohno throws a tall shadow

Originally Published: December 28, 2001
By Paula Parrish | Scripps Howard News Service

SALT LAKE CITY -- Short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno is only 5-feet-7. But because he is the best in the world, he throws a shadow that's as tall as Michael Jordan.

Rusty Smith sits in the cool darkness of that shadow, smiling softly, enjoying the peace and quietly making his own mark on the ice.

Even though speedskating is mainly an individual, not a team, sport, Smith plays Scottie Pippen to Ohno's Jordan -- a good competitor overshadowed by one of the best ...

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