It’s about time.
Krueger and ultimate gold medalist Samuel Girard of Canada were the only competitors left standing in the men’s 1,000-meter short-track final after a crash temporarily wiped out the rest of the field.
The American skater hadn’t even qualified for the 2014 Games in Sochi after he got hit with the swine flu at the Olympic trials, which made his medal in these games even sweeter.
“It’s the ultimate redemption,” Krueger told NBC. “I’m finally able to put away the story about how I was a young kid who had swine flu and ended up missing the Olympics. Now I’m the young kid from Pittsburgh who came back from adversity and who ended up being the top in the world.”
See the replay of the race here.
Krueger appeared to have been eliminated in a quarterfinal heat, but officials ruled that an opponent, Sjinkie Knegt, had pushed him. So Krueger advanced and later was able to raise the American flag in celebration.
Seo Yira of South Korea got up from the crash on Saturday to take the bronze.
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The journey to becoming an Olympic athlete, for most, is a lifelong pursuit. It might start as a distant dream born out of the inspirational performances of your idols at previous Games’, or perhaps after experiencing a first taste of your favourite sport at school or your local club. Either way, what invariably follows if you are to make it to the pinnacle, is years of sacrifice, dedication, heartbreak, and if you’re one of the lucky ones, triumph and jubilation!
But what does it actually take to become an Olympian? Is it all about natural ‘God given’ talent? Are some people really born with all the skills and attributes to succeed in their chosen field, or can anyone achieve sporting greatness provided they have the right attitude and are willing to spend the time mastering their trade?
In all honesty, it’s probably some kind of mixture of both factors, with a number of other key ingredients helping you along the way. What follows is my guide to the essentials which will give any aspiring athlete the best chance of realising their Olympic dreams.
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