John-Henry Krueger wins first US speedskating medal in Pyeongchang

John-Henry Krueger wins first US speedskating medal in Pyeongchang

American John-Henry Kreuger pulled a big upset, winning silver, just behind Canadian Samuel Girard in the 1,000-meter event in speed skating.

Girard powered across the finish line then looked around to see who was behind him raising his fists into the air and signalling number one with both hands.

Seo Yi-Ra was the fastest person to get up from the crash in the final and took bronze, South Korea's fifrth medal of the Games. "I knew everyone was strong and wanted to be on the podium", Girard said to the ISU.

Krueger almost skated to gold, finishing just over two-tenths of a second behind gold medal victor Samuel Girard of Canada.

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John-Henry Krueger, a 22-year-old Pittsburgh native, won the men's 500m, 1000m, 1500m and overall title at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to qualify for his first Olympics. Girard won in a time of 1:24.650.

That left just Krueger and Girard as the only skaters upright with one lap to go.

One major obstacle to the gold medal was removed when the International Olympic Committee banned Sochi 1,000m champion Ahn from competing in Pyeongchang following an investigation into widespread state sponsored doping.

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