For most of the American athletes competing Sunday afternoon in Salt Lake City, today was a day of disappointment, but for eight, it's little more than the next step on the path to Sochi and, potentially, Olympic glory.
After four days of intense competition, the United States short-track speedskating teams are now set for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Coming into today's action, J.R. Celski and Eddy Alvarez had already qualified for the men's team. But the drama was still significant, with three spots remaining and no fewer than four potential qualifiers.
Chris Creveling overcame an upset in the semifinals to capture the men's B-Final and secure the necessary points to advance to Sochi. He will be joined by Kyle Carr and Jordan Malone who, despite not continuing to compete after a fall earlier in the day, had enough points to hold-off Travis Jayner.
On the women's side, only one spot was up for grabs at the beginning of the day. Jessica Smith and Emily Scott had previously qualified, which left Alyson Dudek and Sarah Chen to battle it out for the final slot.
Chen, who was a longshot, quickly fell out of the running, which allowed Dudek to qualify for her second consecutive Olympics after placing third in the women's A-Final behind Smith and Scott.
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