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South Korea’s Park Seung-Hi wins women’s 1000m gold; U.S. skater finishes fourth

Sochi Olympics Short Track Speedskating

Park Seung-hi of South Korea, left, speaks with a team member after the women’s 500m short track speedskating final in which she crashed out at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Bernat Armangue

South Korea had a strong showing in the women’s short track 1000m on Friday, as Park Seung-Hi won gold while Shim Suk-Hee took bronze. China’s Fan Kexin rounded out the podium with a silver medal performance.

U.S. skater Jessica Smith finished just outside the podium, as she came in fourth place.

Park Seung-Hi is putting together an impressive short track career, as she adds two gold medals (1000m and 3000m relay) and a bronze in 500m in 2014 to the two bronze medals (1000m and 1500m) she won in Vancouver.

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