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Faced with rising debt, U.S. Olympic medalist John-Henry Krueger switches countries

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Martin Rogers, USA TODAY Sports


John-Henry Krueger, who won a silver medal in short-track speedskating at the Winter Olympics in February, will no longer compete for the United States after a dispute with the U.S. federation and will switch allegiance to Hungary, he confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Monday.

"Hungary supports its achieving athletes on a level above and beyond anything I have asked for or would ever ask for from US Speedskating," Krueger continued. "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."

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