John-Henry Krueger Dominates U.S. Speedskating Championships
John-Henry Krueger with 2015 US Women’s National Champion Jessica Smith (photo US Speedskating)
(Pittsburgh, PA) – Pittsburgh’s John-Henry Krueger is the 2015 U.S. Short Track Men’s National Champion after competing in the 2015 U.S. Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval this past weekend. After crashing out of the men’s 1500-meter race on Saturday, Krueger came back strong to win the 500, 1000 and 3000 meter events and the men’s overall championship. Krueger’s older brother Cole finished 3rd in the U.S. Championships.
“I entered this weekend really confident in my abilities and felt more than ready to race” said Krueger. “I’m excited to participate in the upcoming World Cups and hopefully win more medals. My coach Jae Su Chun helped prepare me and the rest of the team to dominate this event”.
Short Track Legend Apolo Ohno also has high praise for John-Henry’s coach, saying that he’s got “one of the best coaches in the world. Jae Su Chun was my coach for the 2010 Olympics. That man’s a genius. He runs a very strong training program and hopefully we’ll see more and more out of John-Henry.”
The 19-year old Krueger has had quite the start to the 2014-2015 short-track speedskating season. Coming off his first ever individual World Cup medal when he won Gold in the 500-meter final in Salt Lake City this past November, the #1 ranked short-track skater in the country followed that up with a Bronze Medal in the 500-meter final in the World Cup event held in Montreal November 14-16; a Gold Medal in the 1000-meter final at the inaugural Apolo Ohno Invitational held this past November in Salt Lake City; and a Silver Medal in the 500-meter and a Bronze Medal in the 1500-meter finals in the World Cup event held in Shanghai, China December 12-14.
John-Henry has also teamed up with his brother Cole to help the U.S. relay team take home the Silver Medal in the men’s 5000-meter relay at Ohno’s signature event. That was the 2nd medal the relay team has won this season, also taking Bronze in the first World Cup competition held in Salt Lake City November7-9.
Pittsburgh natives John-Henry and Cole Krueger train year-round in Salt Lake City with Jae Su Chun and the Salt Lake International Speedskating Academy (www.slispeedskating.com). Next up for the Krueger Brothers is the World Cup event in Dresden, Germany in February, and the World Championships in Moscow, Russia in March.For further information, please contact Brian Koeberle of the Koeberle Law Firm at 412-788-9554 or firstname.lastname@example.org