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

Sochi Olympics Short Track Speedskating

Eduardo Alvarez of the United States, right, and Charles Hamelin of Canada crash out in a men’s 1000m short track speedskating quarterfinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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:

Sochi Olympics Short Track Speedskating

Charles Hamelin of Canada, centre, crashes out with Eduardo Alvarez of the United States, right, as they compete with Sjinkie Knegt of Netherlands in a men’s 1000m short track speedskating quarterfinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

Sochi Olympics Short Track Speedskating

Eduardo Alvarez of the United States, right, and Charles Hamelin of Canada crash out in a men’s 1000m short track speedskating quarterfinal at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

Ivan Sekretarev

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.

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