Thursday, February 21, 2002
Updated: February 23, 2:40 PM ET
USOC turns over e-mails to FBI
SALT LAKE CITY -- Threatening e-mails regarding short-track
speedskating gold medalist Apolo Anton Ohno have been turned over
to the FBI for investigation, the U.S. Olympic Committee said
The threats were received following Ohno's first race of the
Olympics, when he won the silver medal in the 1,000 meters after
wiping out near the finish line, USOC spokesman Mike Moran said.
Another 16,000 e-mails regarding Ohno, mostly from sources in
South Korea, forced the USOC to take down its Internet server early
Thursday, Moran said. Service was restored almost nine hours later.
Ohno was the second one across the finish line Wednesday night
but won gold when South Korean Kim Dong-sung was disqualified for
blocking him during the last lap of the 1,500 meters.