Three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski‘s break from competitive short track speed skating will extend through the fall World Cup season.
Celski, 24, was not on the U.S. roster for the first international competitions of the season in Kearns, Utah, from Nov. 7-9 and then in Canada, China and South Korea before the end of the year.
“I know that I’m going to take a little time off, regain my bearings, rest the body, rest the mind,” Celski said in April. “I love skating. I really foresee that in my future. I’m just not sure when.”
Zero Olympic medalists are on the U.S. team. Of course, Celski’s good friend and Sochi Olympic 5000m silver medal-winning teammate Eddy Alvarez is now playing professional baseball. The other relay members, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone, were not named to the six-man team for fall World Cups.
Two Olympians made the team on the women’s side — Jessica Smith and Emily Scott. Smith finished fourth in the 1000m in Sochi. Scott was fifth in the 1500m.