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May 18 is J.R. Celski Day in Federal Way

Dozens of Illahee Middle School students surround JR Celski during an assembly at the school on May 4. Celski attended Illahee, Sherwood Forest Elementary and Todd Beamer High School. The 19-year-old won two bronze medals at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in short track speedskating in Vancouver, B.C. Celski started inline speedskating at Pattison’s West Skating Center in Federal Way before moving to California in high school. - Mirror file photo
Dozens of Illahee Middle School students surround JR Celski during an assembly at the school on May 4. Celski attended Illahee, Sherwood Forest Elementary and Todd Beamer High School. The 19-year-old won two bronze medals at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in short track speedskating in Vancouver, B.C. Celski started inline speedskating at Pattison’s West Skating Center in Federal Way before moving to California in high school.
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The City of Federal Way will honor Winter Olympian J.R. Celski at its 7 p.m. May 18 City Council meeting, held at City Hall in Council Chambers, 33325 8th Ave. S. Mayor Linda Kochmar will officially proclaim May 18 as “J.R. Celski Day in Federal Way,” then the meeting will adjourn for a 20-minute reception. The public is invited to meet Celski and enjoy light refreshments. The Celski family will have photos and memorabilia spanning the 19-year-old's speedskating career on display.

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