Originally Posted by BoyBrumby
Know v little about speed skating, but didn't an Aussie win a gold medal in the short-track version when everyone else fell over a few years ago?
Indeed. For the record, this is the long track version, so Mr Dobbin can't bank on this.
The rest of your post is mostly correct (the Wilf being O'Reilly), though the Brits occasionally come up with servicable placings. Jon Eley took 5th place at the 2006 Olympics. The two sports have little cross-over, though are administered by the same federations, and Americans occasionally attempt both.