John Kah

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John Kah (born 22 July 1968 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia) is a former Australian short track speed skater, who represented Australia at the 1992 Winter Olympics in the relay team.[1]

In 1991, Kah was part of the Australian quartet that won the 5,000m relay at the World Championships in 1991 in Sydney. It was the first time that Australia had won a World Championship in a winter sport.<

Australia's short track relay team went into the 1992 Olympics as world champions, but they crashed in the semi-finals.[2][3] The Australians were in third place when Richard Nizielski lost his footing and fell; they finished fourth, more than ten seconds off the pace, and failed to reach the final.[3][4]

In 1994, Australia's short track relay team won Australia's first Winter Olympic medal, a bronze. They scraped into the four-team final after edging out Japan and New Zealand to finish second in their semi-final.[5] They adopted a plan of staying on their feet as first priority, and remaining undisqualified and beating at least one of the other three finalists.[3][6] During the race, the Canadians fell and lost significant time, meaning that Australia would win their first medal if they raced conservatively and avoided a crash. Late in the race, Nizielski was fighting with his American counterpart for track position for the silver medal, but took the safe option and yielded, mindful of the lost opportunity following the crash in Albertville.[3] Unlike Nizielski, Kah was not given an opportunity for redemption. He was named in the squad but remained on the bench and was not used in any of the races, and was not awarded a medal. His brother Danny Kah was also an Olympic speed skater for Australia, although he competed in the long track format at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary.[3]


  1. ^ "John Kah". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 1 September 2011. Retrieved 2009-01-31. 
  2. ^ Andrews, p. 3.
  3. ^ a b c d e Gordon (1994), p. 426.
  4. ^ McAvaney, p. 135.
  5. ^ Andrew, p. 251.
  6. ^ Andrews, pp. 252–253.