Olympic medalists John-Henry Krueger and J.R. Celski and world junior champion Maame Biney headline the U.S. team for the world short track speed skating championships, which begin Friday in Montreal.
Qualifying heats are Friday, with finals Saturday (1500m, 500m) and Sunday (1000m, 3000m, relays).
Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA will air same-day coverage of Saturday’s competition at 8:30 p.m. ET and Sunday’s competition at 12 a.m. ET.
The U.S. last earned world champs medals in 2014 (Celski, Jessica Kooreman) but rides the momentum of Krueger’s silver (the first individual U.S. Olympic speed skating medal since 2010) and Biney’s world junior title (first-ever by a U.S. woman in any short track event) in the 500m on March 3.
Biney, 18, made the 500m quarterfinals in PyeongChang and was eliminated in the first round of the 1500m.
Celski, who owns three Olympic medals between 2010 and 2014, will look to rebound after not making a final in PyeongChang.
The international men’s field will rival the Olympics, given the addition of Viktor Ahn, the six-time Olympic champion left off the list of Russians invited to PyeongChang by the International Olympic Committee.
Italian Arianna Fontana, the most decorated short track skater in PyeongChang with a medal of every color, will compete only in the relay in Montreal due to emotional exhaustion, according to her social media.
Brit Elise Christie, the 2017 World overall champion, is out of the championships altogether after suffering ankle ligament damage in a crash at the Olympics.
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World Short Track Speed Skating Championships Schedule
|Friday||9 a.m.-3 p.m.||Qualifying|
|Saturday||1:30-5:20 p.m.||1500m, 500m, relay semis||Olympic Channel (8:30 p.m.)|
|Sunday||1-3:45 p.m.||1000m, 3000m, relay finals||Olympic Channel (12 a.m.)|