Beth Harris
January 4, 2014

Celski, Smith clinch 2nd Olympic short track spots

KEARNS, Utah (AP) — J.R. Celski dominated the 500 meters at the U.S. Olympic short trials, clinching his second event for Sochi. Jessica Smith led all the way in winning the women’s sprint, ensuring she’ll skate at least two events in Russia.

Eddy Alvarez, a former inline skater from Miami, earned his first Olympic berth after finishing second to Celski in both 500 ‘A’ finals Saturday.

Emily Scott of Springfield, Mo., was third in the first women’s 500 ‘A’ final and came back to finish second in the day’s other final, ensuring her one of three available spots on the U.S. women’s team.

Smith won both 500 finals at the Utah Olympic Oval.

Celski and Smith will skate in the 1,500 in Sochi after each of them won their respective races Friday.

Celski leads the 500 standings with 2,500 points. Alvarez was second at 1,920. Jordan Malone of Denton, Texas, was third with 1,357.

Smith of Melvindale, Mich., topped the women’s 500 standings with 2,500 points. Scott was second at 1,840. Alyson Dudek of Hales Corners, Wis., was third at 1,760.

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