US Skater Shows Grace and Determination in Medal Near Miss

Feb 10, 2014 10:12am

JR Celski, who has been hailed as the new face of U.S. short track speed skating, finished a disappointing fourth today in the men’s 1,500 meters.

It was Celski’s first chance at a medal in the 2014 Sochi games, but it appears he’s not letting the agony of barely missing the podium disrupt his game.

Jordan Malone, Celski’s short track teammate, posted a photo of him smiling and giving a thumbs up after his defeat.

“So close to a medal!! But only positive vibes here. Big things to come #GoldenDreams #TeamUSA #Sochi2014,” Malone wrote.

Canadian Charles Hamelin won gold in the 1,500 meters, while China’s Tianyu Han took silver and Russia’s Viktor Ahn earned bronze.

Celski’s nickname is the “Comeback Kid,” and with at least two more chances to medal, look for him to go after gold with a vengeance.

After slicing his quadriceps with his own skate just months before the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Celski made a remarkable recovery and took home two bronze medals.

Find out more about JR Celski here.

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