John-Henry Krueger

John-Henry Krueger

2/23/22, Norma Fruzynski (Sophomore)

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With the Beijing Olympics recently ending, The Eagle Times would like to tell the story of a winter hometown hero. Pittsburgh native, John-Henry Krueger, is one of the premier speedskaters of our time. He grew up in Peters Township (south of Pittsburgh) and began his speed skating journey early enough to a point where he had become too advanced for what Pittsburgh had to offer. At age 7, his mother began driving him to Washington D.C every week for proper training. Eventually, he joined Team USA after moving to Utah at age 16. Unfortunately, Krueger had to miss his first Olympics due to an illness he had contracted at the time, but this didn’t stop him. He moved all over the world, living in South Korea and the Netherlands–both speed skating havens. Even while traveling, Krueger still competed internationally for Team USA. He won a silver medal at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and was set to continue dominating as an American skater when he made a shock decision to switch his national alliance to Hungary. Krueger cited the reason for this decision as “largely financially motivated,” because he was not supported by US Speedskating. Since he got his passport, Krueger has become a part of the Hungarian team. In Beijing, he earned the Hungarian relay team a bronze medal. This makes him the first Olympian to win a medal for the United States and another country. Krueger may skate for Hungary, but he is one of the best in the world. That’s something we can all be proud of as Pittsburghers.

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