Steven BRADBURY

Australia AUS

Short Track Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
    1 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Lillehammer 1994
  • Year of Birth
    1973
Olympic Results

Biography

Steven BRADBURY

As the only speed skater to avoid falling in a pile-up during the 1,000m final at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Steven Bradbury recorded a memorable victory that guaranteed him a place in Australian Olympic history.

Daunting rivals

At 8.46 pm on 16 February 2002, in the Salt Lake City Ice Center, five men took their places for the 1,000m short track speed skating final. The Republic of Korea’s Ahn Hyun-Soo (who would later change his name to Viktor An and represent Russia with distinction at Sochi 2014), American
challenger Apolo Anton Ohno, 1998 silver medallist Li Jiajun (CHN) and the formidable Mathieu Turcotte (CAN) were all expected to battle for a place on the podium. Completing the line-up was Australian outsider Steven Bradbury.

Chaotic crash

One of speed skating’s most unexpected results only took shape in the final bend of the race. “I was quite far behind the other four guys with two laps to go,” recalled Bradbury. “And then there was complete chaos, and everybody fell down. Given the way I won the race, I wasn’t going to be the guy who went around pumping my fists. I just put my arms up in disbelief.”

In reality, Li Jiajun had attempted to overtake Ohno, which led to both athletes hitting the ice and bringing down Ahn Hyun-Soo and Turcotte. Much to the surprise of the crowd, Bradbury, the only man still standing, proceeded to cross the finish line and claim an unlikely gold medal.

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Salt Lake City 2002

#14
500 metres
500 metres Short Track Speed Skating
G
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Short Track Speed Skating
#10
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Short Track Speed Skating
#6
5,000 metres Relay
5,000 metres Relay Short Track Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Nagano 1998

#19
500 metres
500 metres Short Track Speed Skating
#21
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Short Track Speed Skating
#8
5,000 metres Relay
5,000 metres Relay Short Track Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lillehammer 1994

#8
500 metres
500 metres Short Track Speed Skating
#24
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Short Track Speed Skating
B
5,000 metres Relay
5,000 metres Relay Short Track Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Albertville 1992

#DNS
5,000 metres Relay
5,000 metres Relay Short Track Speed Skating