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

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

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

Canada's Sam Girard won the Olympic men's 1,000m short-track speedskating title after a mid-race pile-up cost home hope Lim Hyo-jun a shot at a second gold on Saturday. Lim was tucked behind the leaders when backmarker Sandor Liu of Hungary move up for an attack.

Amin Mohammad Jamali via Getty Images Silver medallist John-Henry Krueger of the United States, gold medallist Samuel Girard of Canada and bronze medallist Yira Seo of Korea at the victory ceremony for the 1,000-metre short-track event. The 33-year-old was thinking the same thing, and thought both he and Girard would be in position to advance until some contact with Seo left the Canadians staring up at the board, waiting for the referees to determine their fates. "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. That's what the referees saw on the replay.

"I cried a lot after my warmup because I needed to let it go because I was a little (frustrated)", she said.

"This is the best Olympic experience out of the three, because I was in control", he said.

After finding out the results, Girard hugged his coach Derrick Campbell before returning to the centre of the ice with a big smile.

Dominik Kubalik and Michal Jordan scored in regulation time for the Czechs, who edged South Korea 2-1 in their opener.

It's Girard's first career Olympic medal. "We both knew there were some talented and strong skaters in the back and even though it's physically harder to lead upfront, there's just too much traffic and too much stuff that can go down to stay in the back".

"I think we played really well in those other games, but we each had a couple key mistakes that really cost us", the Ottawa skip said.

"I'm really happy he was on the edge of the ice to share that with me", he said of Hamelin.

Hamelin, the victor of three golds and competing in his fourth and final Olympics, got up and was in Girard's corner when he stepped onto the ice for the final. "The men's field is so deep right now, you look at the quarterfinals, they're super tough, semifinals, I mean, he nearly went out in the semifinals".

"I realized it as soon as I saw the decision", Hamelin said.