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Pittsburgh-Area Olympian Named Finalist for Team USA Award

Pittsburghers can vote for John-Henry Krueger as the Male Olympic Athlete of the Games.

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John-Henry Krueger’s years of training, sacrifices and tough decisions paid off with a silver medal in the 1,000-meter short-track speed skating and a spot on the podium at the XXIII Olympic Winter Games.

The U.S. Olympic Committee is recognizing the Peters Township native’s success in PyeongChang by naming him as a finalist for the Male Olympic Athlete of the Games award. Team USA Awards Best of the Games recognizes the outstanding achievements of Team USA athletes year-round and honors the best athletes and teams of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Krueger did the hard work of winning silver, so now it’s up to his hometown of Pittsburgh to vote for him as the Male Olympic Athlete of the Games. During the competition, Krueger told Pittsburgh Magazine about the spartan life he lived and how his parents have paid thousands of dollars for his training, prompting him to start a GoFundMe campaign. Awards like these are important to athletes whose opportunities to leverage their Olympic performances are often limited.

Fans can vote at TeamUSA.org/Awards through Friday, March 16.

The award winners will be announced during the Team USA Awards Best of the Games, to be held on Thursday, April 26 in Washington, D.C. The awards show will be televised as a 90-minute feature for the first time ever, and will run on NBCSN on May 12 from 6-7:30 p.m. ET.

The other four finalists for the Male Olympic Athlete of the Games award are Red Gerard, Snowboarding; Chris Mazdzer, Luge; Shaun White, Snowboarding; and David Wise, Freestyle Skating.

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