Steven Bradbury’s unlikely moment of glory was the fluke heard around the world


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Howls of derision greeted Steven Bradbury as he walked to the podium to collect his gold medal in the 1000m short-track speed skating at Salt Lake City in 2002. Competing in his fourth Olympics, the veteran skater had pulled off the unlikeliest of wins thanks largely to three miracles in three straight races. “Wipe that grin off your face, buddy,” shouted an American fan, grumpy at the outcome. One voice among many in an arena howling at the perceived injustice. Apolo Ohno, the home favourite who was chasing his first Olympic medal, was leading in the final lap before a...