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John-Henry Krueger Ends Drought For U.S. Speedskaters At Winter Olympics

"It's the ultimate redemption," he said.
John-Henry Krueger of the U.S. held on for second place against Samuel Girard of Canada in the 1,000-meter short-track event.
John-Henry Krueger of the U.S. held on for second place against Samuel Girard of Canada in the 1,000-meter short-track event.

It’s about time.

John-Henry Krueger won silver Saturday at the Winter Olympics to capture the United States’ first individual speedskating medal since 2010.

Krueger and ultimate gold medalist Samuel Girard of Canada were the only competitors left standing in the men’s 1,000-meter short-track final after a crash temporarily wiped out the rest of the field.

The American skater hadn’t even qualified for the 2014 Games in Sochi after he got hit with the swine flu at the Olympic trials, which made his medal in these games even sweeter.

It’s the ultimate redemption,” Krueger told NBC. “I’m finally able to put away the story about how I was a young kid who had swine flu and ended up missing the Olympics. Now I’m the young kid from Pittsburgh who came back from adversity and who ended up being the top in the world.”

Krueger appeared to have been eliminated in a quarterfinal heat, but officials ruled that an opponent, Sjinkie Knegt, had pushed him. So Krueger advanced and later was able to raise the American flag in celebration.

Seo Yira of South Korea got up from the crash on Saturday to take the bronze.

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