Filipino-American speed skater JR Celski plunges into action on Monday with high hopes for winning a gold medal in the men’s 1500-meter short-track speed skating event in the Sochi Winter Olympics.
Celski, born to a Filipino mother and a Polish-American father, is among the favorites in the event after taking the bronze medal in the 2010 edition of the Games despite suffering a major cut on his left leg that required 60 stitches during the United States Olympic Trials in 2009.
He also won a bronze medal in the 5000-meter team relay event in 2010.
Four years later, he is among the favorites to bring home the bacon for Team USA.
“While the opposition may be tough, expect to see J.R. Celski make a bold bid for an Olympic gold medal,” wrote columnist Jessica Paquette in a preview for Bleacher Report, where she predicted Celski to get the top podium spot.
“Celski seems poised to have a career-defining performance in the Sochi Games.”
After the retirement of speed skating legend Apolo Ohno, Celski has emerged as the face of the American squad in the sport.
“It’s an awesome feeling to be a leader on this team,” Celski told Jared S. Hopkins of the Chicago Tribune. “Big things coming in Sochi, for sure.”
Stay tuned to TV5 and AksyonTV on Monday for news and broadcast of Celski’s event. Coverage of the speed skating event begins at 5:30 p.m. on AksyonTV.