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Short track World Cup event underway in Shanghai

Several U.S. speed skaters advance on Day One
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J.R. Celski advanced to the 500-meter quarterfinals with a time of 41.544. -Getty Images

The World Cup short track event in Shanghai kicked off Wednesday with Team USA finding success in both the 500-meter and 1,500-meter distances.

Starting off the competition in the ladies 1,500-meter heats were Lana Gehring (2:30.603), Jessica Smith (2:38.072) and Emily Scott (2:39.144), all of whom advanced to the quarterfinal round. In the men's 1,500-meter heats, Jeff Simon (2:25.311), Eddy Alvarez (2:26.657) and Chris Creveling (2:29.277) finished in the top of their groups and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Advancing to Saturday's 500-meter quarterfinals for the ladies was Alyson Dudek (44.841); for the men, it was J.R. Celski (41.544) and Eddy Alvarez (42.124).

Short track program director Guy Thibault said, "It's not so much the result that counts, but it's the first real opportunity to gauge yourself with the best in the world and see what adjustments will need to be done in order to close the gaps for when it counts in February."

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