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WATCH LIVE: Short track 1,500m featuring J.R. Celski

J.R. Celski

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2014, file phot, J.R. Celski leads the pack as he competes in the men’s 1,000-meter race at the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials in Kearns, Utah. The 23-year-old from Federal Way, Wash., will compete at his second Olympics, looking to add to the pair of bronze medals he won at the 2010 Vancouver Games. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)


The post-Apolo Ono era begins for men’s short track speed skating, with J.R. Celski hoping to bolster his own legacy. The 23-year-old wants to ramp up from the two bronze medals he won in Vancouver beginning with the 1,500m on Monday, which kicks off at 4:45 a.m. ET.


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For all the hype Celski might generate, short track in general is expected to be dominated by skaters from South Korea and China. Then again, other competitors including Canada’s Charles Hamelin might have something to say about that.

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