Before the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, the US with its seven skaters enters Rotterdam, Netherlands, this weekend for the final short track event of the season- 2017 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
The American skaters will try to catch up with the Koreans, Chinese and ‘sweet neighbors’ Canadians — the three nations who are ranked above the U.S on the event’s all-time medal tally. Skaters would be competing in four individual distances — 500, 1,000, 1,500 and the super showdown over 3,000 meters, in addition to the team relay at the world championships.
NBC Sports Network will be covering the event and will broadcast hour-long highlights show from the event on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET and Sunday at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Three-time medalist in the Winter Olympics, J.R Celski will be leading American campaign with the largest set of expectations in Rotterdam. Celski holds the World Record in the 500 m of 39.937 seconds making him the first person to skate under 40 seconds in this distance and has eleven world championship medals to his name.
After failing to bag even a single individual medal in Sochi winter Olympics 2014, followed by back-to-back injury-prone years, the headstrong 26-year-old Washington local stormed this season to win his first individual world cup medal since 2013, picking up bronze over 1,000 meters last month in Dresden, Germany. Also, he did his part for the United States to the 5,000-meter relay bronze at December’s Olympic test event in South Korea last year.
Fifteen-time world cup medalist John-Henry Krueger and 2014 Olympic silver medalist and eight-time inline skating world champion Jessica Kooreman will be strong contenders representing the U.S team.