John-Henry Krueger Ends Drought For US Speedskaters At Winter Olympics

"When you cross the finish line, it took four years of work and three races to get there".

Krueger and ultimate gold medalist Samuel Girard of Canada were the only competitors left standing in the men's 1,000-meter short-track final after a crash temporarily wiped out the rest of the field. USA skater John-Henry Krueger got silver in 1:24.864 and South Korea's Seo Yira took bronze in 1:31.619.

Frederic Blackburn of Chicoutimi, Quebec won the silver medal at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games in Albertville, Marc Gagnon of Chicoutimi, Quebec won the bronze medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Eric Bedard of Sainte-Thecle, Quebec won the bronze medal at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano and Mathieu Turcotte of Sherbrooke, Quebec won the bronze medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City.

Hamelin, who is competing in his fourth and final Olympics, was once again disappointed at his premature finish in the 1,000 semifinal. In speedskating, a lot can happen in a short amount of time. "After that I was just thinking about my race and what I had to do". We train together, all the team was behind me on this medal. "It was a nice moment".

"I bumped into the American and that is it", Knegt said.

The Canadian Press predicted 29 medals (9 gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze) for Canada in Pyeongchang.


"Charles played a huge role for him", Campbell said.

Both Girard and Krueger were fortunate to reach the A final after both got advanced to the semifinals.

The good: Moguls skier Mikael Kingsbury, short tracker Sam Girard, speedskater Ted-Jan Bloemen, mixed doubles curlers Kaitlyn Lawes and John Morris and the figure skating team winning gold. "We were ready to do a great race in the semis", said Hamelin.

"This is the best Olympic experience out of the three, because I was in control", he said. "It was official. I certainly would have liked (to advance) but I can't feel sorry for myself".

Girard will have further opportunities for success in the 500-metre event and the 5,000-metre relay.

It will give Hamelin a final chance to equal the mark of Canadians Marc Gagnon and Francois-Louis Tremblay in short-track speedskating with five medals.


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