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SPEEDSKATING: Celski wins silver and bronze at Montreal World Cup event

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Federal Way's JR Celski won a silver medall at the Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup in Montreal on Saturday. Celski also won a bronze in the 5,000-meter relay on Sunday.
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For the second straight weekend, Federal Way's J.R. Celski won a World Cup medal.

This time, Celski cruised to a silver medal in the men's 1500 meters at the Samsung ISU Short Track Speedskating World Cup in Montreal Saturday. The second-place finish brings his season World Cup medal haul to three, having won a bronze and gold in Calgary last weekend. Celski set a world record in winning the 500 meters last weekend.

"It was a good race," Celski said in Montreal. "I saw a lot of opportunities I was able to take The last one I didn't take in time, so I wound up taking the silver. Overall, it was a good race and I'm excited with the outcome."

The other day's highlight was the men's performance in the 5000-meter relay. The team, which included Celski, finished up in third place Sunday in Montreal. The team also included Travis Jayner, John-Henry Krueger and Chris Creveling.

"I'm happy that the men's relay made it into the final. We skated a good race," said Celski.

Celski and the rest of the Team USA short track team is now back to the United States for a few days of rest before the third stop on the World Cup schedule in Nagoya, Japan, scheduled for Nov. 30-Dec. 2.

"Obviously, I'm very happy with J.R.'s performance today. He skated a great final, a very tactical race and just came up a little short at the end," said Stephen Gough, USA interim head coach. "But still a silver medal and a really great performance."

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