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J.R. Celski Biography

Birth Name:
John Robert Celski
Birth Place:
Monterey, California, United States
Short track speedskater

Fast Facts

  • Started skating at the age of 3 years old
  • Has the same hometown, Federal Way, WA, as Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno
  • Switched from in-line skating to speedskating after watching Ohno in the 2002 Olympics
  • Moved to California for training at age 14 with his brother Chris
  • Won four medals and placed second overall at the 2009 World Championships
  • Qualified for the 2010 U
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  • Olympic team at trials, but sliced his thigh with his skate in a fall at the end of the competition, requiring surgery and months of rehabilitation
  • Won two bronze medals, one in the 1500m and one in the 5000m relay, at the 2010 Winter Olympics games in Vancouver
  • Skated the first sub 40 second 500m at the World Cup in Calgary in 2012
  • Filmed a documentary on the hip hop scene in the Northwest called The Otherside (2013)
  • Won a silver medal in the 5000m relay, at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
  • Along with his two brothers, has a tattoo of his ethnic roots, the Filipino sun and stars surrounding the Polish eagle


  • Chris Celski -- Brother
  • David Celski -- Brother
  • Bob Celski -- Father
  • Sue Celski -- Mother
  • Brit -- Sister