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Apolo Anton Ohno became the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian ever after earning his seventh career medal.

Video: Ohno wins bronze in 1,000-meter short track

The 27-year-old skater from Seattle took the bronze in the men's short track 1,000 meters on the ninth day of the Winter Olympics. The medalist broke a tie with Bonnie Blair, who accumulated six medals (five gold, one bronze) in speed skating in the 1980s-90s.

"I really had to fight," he said following his victory. "I can't wait to watch the tape and see how I came back from last place to win bronze."

Ohno started out near the back of the pack early in the nine-lap race. He briefly moved up to second, but fell back to last after slipping in the turn. Towards the end of the race, Ohno rallied and finished in third place.

Olympic Moment: Ohno skates by spill into history

In addition to Ohno's bronze, the athlete also won silver in the 1500 meters on Day 2 of competition. His seven career medals consist of two gold, two silver and three bronze.