AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! J.R. Celski

February 15th, 2010 | 8 comments | Posted by Jen


Name: J.R. Celski

Age: 19

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…

Apolo Anton Ohno, gold medal winner Lee Jung-su of South Korea, and J.R. Celski

Dude. What is up with Asians and speed skating?

[NY Times: After Gruesome Injury, a Satisfying Finish for J.R. Celski]
[Seattle Times: J.R. Celski's mother never wavered in her belief]
[J.R. Celski official website]

Source

Thanks, Irwin!

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8 Responses to “AMAZIAN OF THE WEEK! J.R. Celski”

  1. Cindy says:

    Love Short Track! Love that the American heir apparent is so adorably cute. Gotta love a sport that favors the compact body over the gargantuan!

  2. dalianmoon says:

    This reminds me of something my mom said on the phone last night.
    “Asians and Asian Americans are doing amazing things at the Olympics!” Ever since I married Asian and gave her half Asian grandkids, she is full of Asian pride. :-)

  3. Diana says:

    what a cutie pie!!!

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  5. hschristina says:

    I work at the Olympic News Service so I got to see him on Sat. He is sucha a cutie.
    Sadly, no one asked him any questions during the Press Conference, but he still sat there with the biggest smile on his face. Too cute!

  6. Maeko says:

    Homey is a bit fly…

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