J.R. Celski, who won two bronze medals in Vancouver, is one of the best chances for the United States to win a medal in short track at the 2014 Games. He won two medals in Vancouver despite almost missing the Games due to the fact that a little more than five months before the Opening Ceremony, he severely injured himself by cutting his leg with his own skate blade after crashing during a race. His recovery was swift and he's been successful since then. Celski won the 500m distance and set a world record at a World Cup event in Calgary during the 2012-2013 season. He had three second place finishes at separate World Cup events in the same season. In the 2013-2014 season, he won five World Cup medals including three golds. The Seattle native dominated at 2014 Olympic Trials, winning every distance and qualifying a spot on the team in each one. Celski won silver in the relay in Sochi
- 2014 Olympic Games- finished second in the men's 5000m relay
- 2014 Olympic Trials- finished first in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m
- 2013/2014 World Cup Kolomna- gold medals in 1500m and 5000m relay
- 2013/2014 World Cup Shanghai- gold medal in 5000m relay
- 2012 World Cup Calgary- gold medal and world record in 500m
- 2010 Olympic Games- bronze medals in 1500m and 5000m relay
Things to know:
2. He's of Filipino and Polish descent and has a tattoo on his chest to honor his heritage.
3. He can play the ukulele.