Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Fil-Am Skater wins bronze in Vancouver Winter Olympics

A Filipino-American speed skater gave Filipinos another reason to cheer about when he bagged a bronze medal in the Short Track Speed Skating category of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

John Robert "J.R." Celski who is representing the United States finishes at third place with a best time of 2:12.460 in the Men’s 1500 meters, according to the Winter Olympics website.

He trailed American Apolo Anton Ohno (2:11.072) and Lee Jung-Su of South Korea (2:10.949) who won the silver and gold medals respectively.

The 19-year-old half-Filipino, half-Polish speed skater also competed in the Men’s 5000 meter Relay and Men's 1000 meters.

According to his Vancouver 2010 page, Celski started with inline skating at the age of 3. He transferred to short track speed skating in 2002.

Celski failed to compete in the 2006 Winter Olympics because he missed the minimum age requirement by 17 days.

He graduated from secondary school in 2008 but opted to concentrate on his 2010 Vancouver bid instead of pursuing his college education.

He said that he plans to take up business or architecture at University of California Berkeley after the Olympics.

Although he is representing the United States in the Olympics, Celski is proud to have Filipino blood. His mother, Sue, is a full-blooded Filipina who hails from Isabela. He even boasts of a Philippine flag tattoo on his chest and is said to be a big fan of Filipino dishes like sinigang, lechon, and Longganisa.

The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics will run until February 28.


melissa said...

I record it every evening, so I don't have to watch the ten million commercials LOL, so I have not seen it yet. Many cograts to all the winners. I look forward to watching it later today.

Badong said...

Hey I didn't know that! Andami kong natututunan dito sa blog mo Leomar! hehe


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