BETH HARRIS - Associated Press - September 12, 2009
"I felt more comfortable," he said. "I feel more settled. It's been 10 years since I raced in September. My body is not acclimated to it."
His two titles moved Ohno into the overall points lead with one night remaining at the meet that awards Olympic berths to the top five skaters. He overtook J.R. Celski, who had led through the first two nights and is 160 points behind Ohno's total of 4,912.
"It was important," Ohno said. "Just to be consistent is the name of the game. J.R. is skating fantastic. It's kind of anybody's race. It's a strategy game."
Apolo Anton Ohno, left, finishes ahead of J.R. Celski during a 1000-meter final event at the U.S. short track speedskating championships Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 in Marquette, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)