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J. R. Celski

Full name: John Robert "J. R." Celski
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: July 17, 1990 in Monterey, California, United States
Affiliations: Ice Club DeMorra, Lakewood (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

J. R. Celski had a short, meteoric career at the highest levels of short-track speed skating. He competed at the 2009 World Juniors and World Championships, winnings golds at the junior meet in the 500m, the 3,000m relay, and a silver in the 1,500 metres. At the 2009 World Championships he added a gold in the 3,000 metres, and 5,000m relay, bronzes in the 1,000 and 1,500, and a silver in the overall. Great things were expected of him at the 2010 Winter Olympics, but during the US Trials, he fell after a collision and his own skate blade slashed his left thigh, requiring over 60 stitches. It was not certain if he would be able to compete at the Vancouver Olympics. But he recovered quickly, despite damage to a skater’s all-important quadriceps muscle. In Vancouver, Celski won two bronze medals, in the 1,500 metres and the relay. After the Winter Olympics, he competed again at the World Championships, adding three more medals – silver in the relay, and two bronzes in the 1,000 and 3,000. And that was it for his skating career as he retired after two years at the top of the sport.

Later in 2010, Celski established MAD Northwest, with MAD standing for Music, Art and Dance, to promote the arts in his native northwestern United States. The company is a self-funded start-up and he hopes to use it to get into film producing, beginning with a documentary on the Seattle area hip-hop music scene.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 8
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 3 Bronze
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 6
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 13
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 4
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PLR P BT T
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6 BF-2 4-2-2 41.152
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Round B Final 2 41.786
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QB 41.152
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 2 Q 53.178
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Seven 2 Q 41.717

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PLR P BT T
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 8 SF-DQ DQ-2-2 1:24.621
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Semi-Finals Heat One AC DQ
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat Three 2 Q 1:24.621
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Seven 2 Q 1:25.113
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 13 SF-4 0-4-1 1:25.428
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four AC DNF
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Six 1 Q 1:25.428

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PLR T P BT
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 3 AF-3
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Round A Final 3 2:18.053
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Semi-Finals Heat Three 2 Q 2:13.606
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Three 2 Q 2:12.460
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 AF-4 1-2 2:15.624
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Round A Final 4 2:05.624
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 Q 2:21.603
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Three 2 Q 2:15.675

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 3
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Round A Final 3
2010 Winter 19 Vancouver Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 2
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 2
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Round A Final 2
2014 Winter 23 Sochi Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 4
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