U.S. skater Creveling has ties to Corinth

Chris Creveling reacts to the crowd after competing in a race in the men's 1,000 meters during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials on Jan. 5. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Chris Creveling reacts to the crowd after competing in a race in the men’s 1,000 meters during the U.S. Olympic short track speedskating trials on Jan. 5. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Daily Journal

There’s at least one athlete with Northeast Mississippi ties who’ll be competing for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Short-track speedskater Chris Creveling, whose parents ran Corinth’s Skateland in the late 1980s and early 1990s, will race for the U.S. in the 1,000 and 1,500 meters and in the 5,000-meter relay.

The relay team is thought to be the USA’s best chance at gold in Sochi.

“We have the best team I think we’ve ever had in the short-track Olympic team,” Creveling told the Daily Corinthian. “We are No. 1 in the world right now for the relay event, and we also are very likely to get individual medals in the other races as well. We have high hopes and have been training really hard.”

Creveling, 28, was born in Pennsylvania, attended Northern Michigan University and has trained for the last 18 months in Utah. He’s the U.S. record holder in the 1,000.

His mother lives in California and his father in Pennsylvania.

The short-track competition begins Feb. 10, with the relay finals on Feb. 21.