US Speedskating's Celski Takes Silver at Short Track World Cup

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Highlights from Short Track in Dresden and Long Track in Inzell.

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All of the skaters were more aggressive compared to last weekend, and they were taking charge of the races.

Short Track World Cup

Short Track World Cup #6 resumed today in Dresden, Germany. Coming from Sochi last weekend, the team was determined to post a stronger showing as the Short Track World Cup season comes to a close.

J.R. Celski started the day off strong as he skated his way to a silver medal with a time of 2:13.195. This is Celski’s seventh World Cup medal this season.

Jessica Smith represented the ladies, just barely missing the podium and placing fifth in the 1500m with a time of 2:23.060. Jeff Simon placed fifth in the Men’s 1500m B group final with a time of 2:20.210, while the Men’s 5000m relay team qualified to race in the B group finals tomorrow, finishing third in their heat with a time of 6:43.470.

Guy Thibault, National Short Track Head Coach, commented on the team’s second day of racing, “I'm happy with the day in general. All of the skaters were more aggressive compared to last weekend, and they were taking charge of the races. They were racing with more confidence, which produced better results and I’m looking forward to a similar day tomorrow with them taking control of their skating."

Long Track World Cup

In Inzell, Germany, day one of the ISU Long Track World Cup kicked off with a competitive day of racing as both the ladies and the men competed in the mid/long distance races. Up first was the Ladies 1500m (B) where Anna Ringsred narrowly missed the podium and took fifth with a time of 2:00.77 while Petra Acker took 17th with a time of 2:04.16. Acker is skating in her first World Cup of the season.

"I was a little disappointed with my time, as I feel I can go faster, but it was one of my top finishes at a World Cup, so I am very happy with that," said Ringsred. "It is my first World Cup abroad in about 3 years, so I felt a little nervous going into it. All tracks are shaped a little differently and have different quality of ice, and it can throw a skater off if they are not used to it. I have felt a little off all week, but finally started to feel better this morning. I will be skating the 3000m tomorrow, but am not expecting to place as high. I have been focusing on the 1000m and 1500m this season, so I will use the 3k tomorrow as a practice race for the World Allaround Championships next weekend."

Next, Jonathan Kuck competed in the Men’s 5000m (A) where he finished 11th with a time of 6:24.91. In the 5000m (B), Patrick Meek finished in 13th with a time of 6:36.50, followed by Paul Dyrud in 21st (6:41.10) and Emery Lehman in 20th (6:47.20).

Dyrud also raced in the 1500m (B) and finished 10th with a time of 6:41.10.

Rounding out the day was the Ladies Mass Start, where Maria Lamb battled her way to an eighth place finish with a time of 8:15.46.

For complete results from both World Cup's today, please visit

The final day of Short Track resumes tomorrow at 1:00 pm Dresden time, 5:00 am MST. To follow results live, visit the ISU website at

The final day of Long Track continues tomorrow at 12:00 pm Inzell time, 4:00 am MST. To follow results live, visit the ISU website at

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