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Peters Township's John-Henry Krueger to open Olympics early Saturday

Jerry DiPaola
| Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, 9:18 p.m.
American short-track speedskater John-Henry Krueger, a Peters Township native, checks his skates during training ahead of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.
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American short-track speedskater John-Henry Krueger, a Peters Township native, checks his skates during training ahead of the Winter Olympics on Feb. 7, 2018, in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Most people back home will be sleeping when Peters Township's John-Henry Krueger begins his quest for Olympic gold in PyeongChang, South Korea.

His first Olympic event — the 1,500-meter heats — starts at 5 a.m. Saturday, followed by the semifinals at 6:21 and the finals at 7:22.

Krueger, who has earned 17 World Cup medals in his career, also is scheduled to compete in the 100- and 500-meter events and skate on the 5,000-meter relay team. Krueger was part of the U.S. relay team that set a world record at a World Cup event in Shanghai in November.

He returns to the oval Tuesday for the 1,000-meter and the 5,000-meter relay heats. His Olympic experience will continue Feb. 17, 20 and 22.

Jerry DiPaola is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at jdipaola@tribweb.com or via Twitter @JDiPaola_Trib.

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