Ethnicity: Filipino and Polish
Hails from: Federal Way, WA
Occupation: Olympic short-track speed skater
Known for: Making an astonishing comeback at the 2010 Winter Games by winning bronze in the 1500, after crashing at the Olympic Trials five months before, cutting open his left leg to the bone with his skate, and missing his femoral artery by one inch. Having a Hardass Asian Mama who believed in him, who raced out onto the ice after his accident and told him when he thought his Olympic Dream was over: “No, it’s not over, J.R. You’re going to be fine.” Becoming the sport’s heir apparent to Apolo Anton Ohno, who took silver in the 1500 to tie Bonnie Blair’s record of most medals won (six) at a Winter Olympics.
On that note…
Dude. What is up with Asians and speed skating?
Filed under: 2010 Winter Olympics, Apolo Anton Ohno, Apolo Anton Ohno Most Decorated Winter Olympian, Apolo Anton Ohno Ties Bonnie Blair, Asians and Speed Skating, Comebacks, Hardass Asian Moms, Hardass Asian Mothers, J.R. Celski, J.R. Celski Bronze 1500, Vancouver Winter Olympics
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