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Skaters lucky 13 for U.S.

The United States earned its fourth short-track medal of the Games when former long-tracker Eric Flaim anchored the second-place 5,000-meter relay team Saturday.

That gave the United States its 13th medal, the most ever by a U.S. team in the Winter Games.

The United States earned its first men's short-track medal since the sport earned Olympic recognition in 1992 as Flaim, 26, Hyde Park, Mass.; Andy Gabel, 29, Pewaukee, Wis.; Randy Bartz, 25, Milwaukee; and John Coyle, 25, Milwaukee, recorded a time of 7 minutes, 13.37 seconds. Italy won in 7:11.74; Australia took the bronze in 7:13.68.

Flaim, the 1,500-meter silver medalist at Calgary in 1988, is the first Olympian to medal in long track and short track.

Gabel, a lifelong friend of gold medalist Dan Jansen and a 500-meter favorite, was eliminated in the quarterfinals. But, like Jansen, he medaled in his final race. "When Dan and I didn't medal in 1992, we said, "Hey, we're going to do what we can to make Lillehammer right because it's our last chance,' " Gabel said.

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