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JR Celski, U.S. crash out of short track 1000m quarterfinals

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The U.S. short track team saw its hopes in the 1000m end with a crash in the quarterfinals. Actually, two crashes.

Canadian skater Charles Hamelin lost his footing and ultimately clipped U.S. skater Eduardo Alvarez, essentially blunting his hopes of advancing to the semifinals on Saturday. Here are two telling shots from the AP:

source: AP
Credit: AP
source: AP
Credit: AP

After that, JR Celski experienced a spill of his own, although he was alone in that error.

Whatever explanation one might attach to the event, it was a disappointment for the U.S., as Chris Creveling also was unable to make it beyond the quarterfinals.

Preview: U.S. short track moves on without Apolo Ohno

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All races can be seen live online. TV listings can be found here.


Feb 10 – Men’s 1,500m medal event, women’s 500m, women’s 3,000 relay – starts at 4:45 a.m. ET

Feb. 13 – Women’s 500m medal event, men’s 1,000m, men’s 5,000 relay – starts at 5 a.m. ET

Feb. 15 – women’s 1,500m medal event, men’s 1,000m medal event – starts at 5 a.m. ET

Feb. 18 – Women’s 1,000m medal event, men’s 500m medal event, women’s 3,000 relay medal event – starts at 4:30 a.m. ET

Feb. 21: Men’s 500m medal event, women’s 1000m medal event, men’s 5,000 relay medal event

MORE: Interview with Apolo Ono


The U.S. short track program hopes to move on from Apolo Ono’s iconic career. J.R. Celski has the best chance to back up that legacy, as he brings two bronze medals from Vancouver into the 2014 Olympics. Celski will face a stout group of skaters in his search for a third medal, though.

MORE: Top storylines for short track


Despite winning three gold medals in 2006, Viktor Ahn couldn’t make South Korea’s team in 2010, inspiring him to eventually represent Russia in Olympic competition. He’ll be a strong contender for medals along with South Korean skaters and Canadian skater Charles Hamelin. China is also expected to provide strong short track competition.

MORE: China, South Korea likely to dominate

Olympians react after Seahawks claim Super Bowl XLVIII

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As we mentioned earlier today, Team USA athletes were keen on seeing tonight’s Super Bowl XLVIII between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.

We figure now’s a good time to see how some of them are reacting after the Seahawks’ 43-8 victory at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

We’ll start off with short-track star J.R. Celski, a native of the Seattle region that fired off this tweet during the Hawks’ demolition of Peyton Manning and Co. We’re thinking he’s pleased.

And as it turns out, pairs figure skater Alex Shibutani was thinking the same thing…

Also enjoying tonight’s outcome was halfpipe skier and Bellingham, Washington native Angeli VanLaanen.

But as you’d imagine, reactions were much different from Olympians cheering for the Orange and Blue.

Skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender apparently had bad flashbacks to the Broncos’ 55-10 loss in Super Bowl XXIV to the San Francisco 49ers…

Alpine skier Lindsey Vonn, who is not competing at Sochi due to injury but has joined NBC as an Olympics correspondent, wasn’t very happy either.

Then there was Canadian snowboarder and gold medal contender Mark Morris, who had another thought on his mind upon waking up in Sochi.

For the record, Seattle coach Pete Carroll wound up getting two Gatorade baths – one of which, ironically, was done with Orange Gatorade.


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