Olympic bronze medalist speedskater Rusty Smith injured his back and neck Friday when he slammed into a wall during a qualifying heat for a short-track World Cup race.
Song Suk-woo won the men's 500-meter sprint Saturday at the world short track speedskating championships, while American Rusty Smith was taken to the hospital after getting cut on the nose in the quarterfinals.
World Cup Short Track Speed Skating results
Fabio Carta led a 1-2-3 sweep for Italy in the 500-meter final in World Cup short-track speedskating Saturday, with Rusty Smith of the United States fourth.
As teammate Apolo Ohno gets the attention, Rusty Smith sits in the cool darkness of that shadow enjoying the peace and quietly making his own mark.
Rusty Smith qualified in all of the individual races to skate in Salt Lake City.
Smith managed to finish the first week of Olympic Trials in second place despite a nasty cold.
Tough work outs were the theme for this week with Olympic trials only three weeks away.