AP_The family of short track speedskater J.R. Celski, injured in a crash at the U.S. nationals, is "very optimistic" about a full recovery that will allow him to continue training for the Vancouver Olympics. [...]
"They're very optimistic for a full recovery," Crowley said, quoting the family. "He'll be flying back to Salt Lake on Monday and will visit with Dr. Eric Heiden. They're hoping to have him back on a bike in three weeks to continue training for the Olympic Games."[...]
Heiden, an orthopedic surgeon, won five gold medals in speedskating at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics.
Celski hit the boards coming out of a turn and bounced off them. The first few inches of his right skate blade sliced into his left leg near the knee, spilling blood on the ice and stunning the crowd into silence.
Speedskater Celski expected to make full recovery
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[...] his mom Sue Celski tells KING 5 News J.R. is in pretty good spirits today after surgery to clean and close the wound. He's been able to stand up on the leg and could be riding a stationary bike within a week and be back on the ice in a month.