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Short track skater Celski goes for medal in 500
Short track skater J.R. Celski down to last chance to win individual medal at Sochi Olympics
By BETH HARRIS
Associated Press
2014-02-17 11:22 PM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- J.R. Celski is down to his last chance to win an individual medal at the Sochi Olympics.

The American short track skater is looking to make up for disappointments in the 1,500 meters, where he was fourth, and the 1,000, where he clipped a blocker and crashed out in the quarterfinals.

Celski opens his bid in the 500 with the heats on Tuesday. As the world record holder at the distance, he's a medal contender in a field loaded with talent.

Among Celski's rivals are Russia's Viktor Ahn, a two-time medalist in Sochi; and Canada's Charles Hamelin, the 1,500 champion in Sochi and the defending Olympic gold medalist in the 500.

Celski bruised his knees in the crash last weekend, but says he's fine after taking a day off Sunday.

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