2014 US Olympic Trials Speedskating Results: Short-Track Points Leaderboard

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 04:  J.R. Celski #705 (red helmet) skates in the second men's 500 meter semifinal during the U.S. Olympic Short Track Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on January 4, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The 2014 U.S. Olympic short-track speedskating trials concluded on Sunday, Jan. 5, and the country’s hopes of dominating the sport at the Sochi Winter Games are bright after several strong performances.

Whether it’s J.R. Celski on the men’s side or Jessica Smith on the women’s side, the stellar showing by almost every American star on the team proved that this event will be one of Team USA’s strongest this year.

Here are the top short-track times from the 2014 Olympic trials.   

 

500-Meter Finals
Men's Olympic QualifiersPoints
J.R. Celski2,500
Eddy Alvarez1,632
Women's Olympic QualifiersPoints
Jessica Smith2,500
Emily Scott1,840
Source: NBC Sports

 

1,000-Meter Finals
Men's Olympic QualifiersPoints
Chris Creveling1,000
J.R. Celski 800
Women's Olympic QualifiersPoints
Jessica Smith1,000
Emily Scott800
Source: NBC Sports

 

1,500-Meter Finals
Men's Olympic QualifiersPoints
J.R. Celski2,500
Eddy Alvarez1,632
Women's Olympic QualifiersPoints
Jessica Smith2,300
Emily Scott2,200
Source NBC Sports

 

Overall Distance Standings
Men's RankNamePoints
1J.R. Celski6,800
2Eduardo Alvarez4,704
3Chris Chreveling3,674
4Kyle Carr2,927
5Jordan Malone2,917
Women's RankPoints
1Jessica Smith6,800
2Emily Scott5,640
3Alyson Dudek4,640
4Sarah Chen3,128
5Kimberly Goetz2,231
Source: NBC Sports

 

Breaking Down Top Contenders

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 04:  J.R. Celski #705 (red helmet) skates in the the first men's 500 meter semifinal during the U.S. Olympic Short Track Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on January 4, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/G
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Top Star on the Men’s Side: J.R. Celski

Celski is one of the most dominant short-track speedskaters in the world. After winning two bronze medals during the 2010 Olympics—his first time qualifying for the games—the American star has regained his elite form and looks even more impressive.

With victories in the 500-meter and 1,500-meter distances, Celski has sent a message to Team USA and the entire world that he is ready to lead his country into Sochi and bring home the gold.

Fellow short-track ace Eddy Alvarez also shined in each event, finishing second multiple times, but that only further proved just how much raw talent and skill Celski possesses.

If Team USA wants a gold medal in the men’s speedskating, it will come via the legs of Celski.

 

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 04:  Jessica Smith #801 (red helmet) skates in the first lady's 500 meter final during the U.S. Olympic Short Track Trials at the Utah Olympic Oval on January 4, 2014 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

Top Star on the Women’s Side: Jessica Smith

Just as Celski dominated the men’s bracket, the same can be said for Smith on the women’s side.

Smith was named an alternate in 2010—a snub the talented skater used as motivation to gain an even better form for this year. Now, Smith has returned to the trials and won the first 1,500-meter race before finishing second in the next event to secure a spot on the Olympic team.

Smith’s dream of competing in the Winter Olympics is going to come to fruition.

Not only did she dominate in the 1,500-meter events, but Smith also shined in the 500-meter classification and finished first in the 1,000-meter races Sunday.

Led by Smith’s confidence and excitement, the women representing Team USA will be looking for gold in Sochi.