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Celski, Smith lead U.S. qualifiers in Seoul

Both skaters advance to weekend action in two distances
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Jessica Smith was the lone U.S. lady to advance to the 500-meter quarterfinals. -Getty Images

Thursday, Oct. 3

Day One of the short track World Cup in Seoul, South Korea, included the qualifying rounds for the 500-meter and 1,500-meter distances.

Emily Scott and Lana Gehring both advanced to the semifinal in the 1,500, while Sally Chea didn't advance out of her group in her first senior World Cup event.

J.R. Celski, Jordan Malone and Chris Creveling advanced to the semifinals in the 1,500. Celski and Creveling both finished first in their heats, while Malone placed second in his.

In the men's 500 meters, Creveling and Jeff Simon both advanced to the quarterfinals. Eddy Alvarez, who won a bronze medal in the 500 last weekend in Shanghai, advanced to the heat round but suffered a hard fall during his third lap and did not finish the race.

On the ladies side, Jessica Smith, Sarah Chen and Alyson Dudek all skated their way to the heats but only Smith advanced to the quarterfinals.

Friday, Oct. 4

First up on the day was the 1,000 meters, in which all six U.S. skaters advanced to the heat stage. Celski and Smith moved on to the quarterfinals, which will be competed Sunday.

Both U.S. relay teams qualified for Sunday's semifinals, where the ladies 3,000-meter team (Gehring, Dudek, Scott and Smith) will face Korea, Italy and Japan. The men's 5,000-meter quartet of Malone, Celski, Simon and Creveling will square off against China, Netherlands and Canada.

Icenetwork's live coverage of World Cup Short Track (Korea) begins Saturday, Oct. 5, at 2:32 a.m. ET with the ladies 1,500-meter semfinals. Click here to find out how to subscribe to the Season Pass.

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