It could've been nine.
Apolo Anton Ohno, already the most decorated American Winter Olympian with seven medals, lost out on his first of two bids for a medal Friday when he was disqualified in the 500-meter final, in which he was the defending champion.
After artfully dodging two crashes in the previous rounds, Ohno was ruled to have caused one when, in an attempt to move up from fourth place, he placed his hand on the hip of Canada's Francois-Louis Tremblay, who then flew into the boards. South Korea's Sung Si-Bak tripped as well, allowing Ohno to cross the line in second behind Canada's Charles Hamelin.
Following several minutes of deliberation, the referee ruled that Ohno - who infamously won his first gold medal in Salt Lake City after a disqualification -- had impeded Tremblay. The Canadian was then bumped up to bronze, and Sung was moved up to silver.
Ohno, who said in a post-race interview that the referee, a Canadian, may have let national bias affect the decision, shook off the call quickly to anchor the United States in the hectic 5,000-meter relay to the bronze medal. Canada won the gold; South Korea, the silver. The bronze is Ohno's third medal of the Games, to go with his silver in the 1,500-meter and bronze in the 1,000-meter, and is his eighth overall.
But is eight enough? While the 27-year-old has hinted at retirement, he's kept tight-lipped about his plans.
Ohno may have missed out on a silver medal, but his teammate, Katherine Reutter, won one in the 1,000-meter to give the U.S. its first medal in a women's individual short-track event since 1994. China's Wang Meng won the gold - giving the country a sweep of the women's events - and South Korea's Park Seung-Hi earned the bronze.
Other winners included Sweden in women's curling, Germany's Maria Riesch in the women's slalom, Norway in the women's 4 x 7.5-kilometer biathlon relay, and The Netherlands' Nicolien Sauerbreij in the women's snowboarding parallel giant slalom.