WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 27: Speed skater John-Henry Kreuger poses for a portrait during the Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits on April 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images
Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

2018 Winter Olympics: Who is John Henry Krueger?

Olympic short track speedskater John Henry Kreuger grew up in Peters Township, Pennsylvania, and debuted at the 2018 Winter Games after illness kept him out of the 2014 Olympics.

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A case of the swine flu made Kreuger highly contagious and he was hardly able to move. Because of the illness, he pulled out of the Olympic trials that year.

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Krueger took the next few years to get in top form for 2018. He competed in mutlitple world cups, winning medals in each from 2014 to 2018.

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“It’s my first games, so I’m not putting any expectations,” Kreuger told WPXI before heading to Pyeongchang, South Korea. “The only expectation I'm putting on myself is to not be afraid to skate and do what I can do.”

Other interesting facts:

  • Superstition is putting on his right skate before his left one
  • Favorite city is Washington, D.C.
  • Dream job is teaching English in a foreign country

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