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Filipino-American Skater Wins Winter Olympics Bronze

GMANews.TV, Posted: Feb 18, 2010

Filipino American short track speedskater John Robert J.R." Celski gave the Philippines something to cheer about in the Winter Olympics when he copped the bronze medal in the mens 1,500-meter competitions of the Games in Vancouver, Canada.

The 19-year-old son of an American-Polish father and a Filipino mother clocked 2:18.053 in the finals to place third, while Lee Jung-su of Korea grabbed the gold with 2:17.611 and Apolo Anton Ohno, also of the U.S. contingent, took runner-up honors with 2:17.976.

Celski, who is competing in his first event since a gruesome crash at the U.S. trials five months ago sliced his left thigh to the bone, benefited from a crash suffered by Lees compatriots.


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