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John-Henry Krueger


SportShort Track
Born27 Mar 1995 in Pittsburgh, PA 
LanguagesEnglish, Korean
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 40.407 11 Feb 2022 Beijing  
    1000m 1:23.593 28 Nov 2021 Dordrecht  
    1500m 2:11.501 05 Nov 2016 Calgary  
    3000m 4:59.280 18 Jan 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    1000m   1    
    2000m Relay     1  
World Championships
World Championships
    5000m Relay   1    
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    3000m Relay     1  
European Championships
European Championships
    1000m   1    
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHis brother Cole has competed in short track at international level. He initially competed for the United States of America but has since switched allegiances to Hungary. (, 06 Oct 2017;, 10 Mar 2017; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Dec 2020)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 2000 at Pittsburgh Speed Skating Club in Pennsylvania, United States of America.  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesListening to music, drinking tea, playing video games, ice hockey, supporting NHL team the Pittsburgh Penguins, learning languages. (, 08 Feb 2022; Facebook profile, 24 Oct 2020;, 13 Feb 2020)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHis brother Cole was influential in him starting short track. "We were very competitive as brothers, we liked racing each other in everything we did, whether it was first to the dinner table or first back to the car from grocery shopping. My family got a call from Pittsburgh Speed Skating Club saying they had seen my brother racing other kids on the public session. Then he started racing on the team, he loved it, and then a couple of years after, as I got to the ripe old age of five, I followed him."  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Your body is built to work. Never doubt its ability to work through pain." (, 13 Aug 2013)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesYuehan, JH (Facebook profile, 24 Oct 2020, 20 Nov 2014)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsHe puts his right skate on before his left. (, 06 Nov 2014)  
InjuriesHe sustained a shin [tibia] injury in October 2019, which delayed his first international appearance for Hungary. (, 13 Feb 2020;, 26 Jan 2020)

He withdrew during the US trials for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi after contracting swine flu. (, 10 Nov 2014)
Hero / IdolIrish mixed martial artist Conor McGregor. (Athlete, 02 Feb 2017)  
Having previously represented the United States of America at multiple world championships and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he announced his intention to switch allegiances and represent Hungary in April 2018. He gained Hungarian citizenship the same year and began competing for his new nation in 2020. His brother Cole had previously made the switch to represent Hungary after training with the Hungarian national team since 2016. "I was and am still proud to have represented the United States during my career but have been faced with an unsustainable situation where if I continue pursuing my career with the US team I will bankrupt myself and my family. Overall the financial costs necessary for me to perform competitively at the international level are unsustainable with the lack of sufficient financial support from US Speedskating and the [United States Olympic Committee]. Hungary supports its achieving athletes on a level above and beyond anything I have asked for or would ever ask for from US Speedskating. I will be able to pay for basic necessities like groceries, rent, apartment furnishings, clothes and equipment without putting myself and my family in debt. The coaching and team in Hungary is competitive with any in the world. I am excited to see what I can achieve when these negative variables are removed." (, 08 Feb 2022;, 13 Feb 2020;, 30 Apr 2018; Twitter profile, 21 Sep 2018)

He has lived in several countries around the world including the United States of America, the Netherlands, Hungary and the Republic of Korea. "It gave me huge experience, great life experience, learning people's different cultures, how they adapt to everyday situations in life. I lived in Seoul [Republic of Korea] for two years. It is my home away from home and I definitely feel homesick. I love Korean food. Although, the strangest food I have had is in Korea. This fish stew which has the egg sack of a pregnant fish, fish intestines and stuff. It looks horrifying but it tastes pretty good." (, 09 Sep 2018)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Championships 5000m Relay2  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m2  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1000m2  
    2022 Olympic Games 2000m Relay3  
    2011/2012 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2011/2012 World Junior Championships Overall4  
    2020/2021 European Championships Overall4  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay4  
    2020/2021 European Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2019/2020 European Championships 5000m Relay4  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m Relay5  
    2020/2021 European Championships 500m5  
    2022 Olympic Games 5000m Relay6  
    2020/2021 European Championships 1500m6  
    2009/2010 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2017/2018 World Championships 5000m Relay6  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1000m7  
    2015/2016 World Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2016/2017 World Championships 5000m Relay7  
    2010/2011 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2014/2015 World Championships 5000m Relay8  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2014/2015 World Championships 1500m10  
    2015/2016 World Championships 1500m10  
    2017/2018 World Championships 500m11  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m11  
    2015/2016 World Championships Overall13  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m14  
    2016/2017 World Championships 500m15  
    2017/2018 World Championships Overall17  
    2015/2016 World Championships 500m17  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m17  
    2014/2015 World Championships 500m17  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1000m17  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m19  
    2014/2015 World Championships Overall22  
    2017/2018 World Championships 1500m23  
    2010/2011 World Junior Championships Overall24  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m25  
    2013/2014 World Junior Championships Overall30  
    2016/2017 World Championships Overall44  
    2012/2013 World Junior Championships Overall48  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1000m54  
    2016/2017 World Championships 1500m55  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 Salt Lake City, UT 500m1  
    2013/2014 Kolomna 5000m Relay1  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 5000m Relay1  
    2013/2014 Shanghai 5000m Relay1  
    2019/2020 Dresden 2000m Relay1  
    2011/2012 Moscow 1500m2  
    2014/2015 Shanghai 500m2  
    2013/2014 Turin 1500m2  
    2021/2022 Beijing 5000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 1000m2  
    2021/2022 Beijing 500m2  
    2013/2014 Seoul 5000m Relay2  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 2000m Relay2  
    2014/2015 Shanghai 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m3  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 5000m Relay3  
    2021/2022 Nagoya 2000m Relay3  
    2012/2013 Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2014/2015 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay3  
    2015/2016 Dresden 5000m Relay3  
    2014/2015 Montreal, QC 500m3  
    2017/2018 Seoul 5000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m3  
    2012/2013 Montreal, QC 5000m Relay3  
    2021/2022 Dordrecht 5000m Relay3  
    2021/2022 Nagoya 5000m Relay3  
    2021/2022 Debrecen 5000m Relay3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m4  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 500m4  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1500m4  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1500m4  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1000m5  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 5000m Relay5  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1000m5  
    2014/2015 Dresden 1500m5  
    2016/2017 Minsk 1500m5  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 1500m6  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 500m6  
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay6  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 1500m7  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m9  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1500m9  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 500m9  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 1500m10  
    2016/2017 Minsk 5000m Relay10  
    2014/2015 Dresden 5000m Relay10  
    2016/2017 Calgary, AB 1500m11  
    2016/2017 Gangneung 1000m11  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 500m11  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m Relay11  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m12  
    2016/2017 Shanghai 5000m Relay12  
    2015/2016 Dresden 500m12  
    2015/2016 Dresden 1500m12  
    2016/2017 Minsk 500m13  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m16  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m16  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m17  
    2016/2017 Dresden 5000m Relay17  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m18  
    2016/2017 Salt Lake City, UT 1500m18  
    2017/2018 Shanghai 1500m19  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m20  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 500m20  
    2016/2017 Dresden 1000m22  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m22  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m23  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1500m25  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1000m28  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 500m30  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m35  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 1500m39  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m50  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 500m51  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1000m51  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m52