U.S. speedskater Celski channeling Seattle's Macklemore

U.S. speedskater Celski channeling Seattle's Macklemore
United States short track speed skating teammates J.r. Celski, right, and Christopher Creveling run through a training session at the Iceberg Skating Palace at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
SOCHI, Russia (AP) - U.S. short track speedskater J.R. Celski is hoping the next time he meets his buddy Macklemore, he'll have four more Olympic medals to match the Seattle rapper's four recent Grammys.

It'd be a fitting personal coincidence for the skater, who used Macklemore's music as motivation after an ugly injury in 2010 nearly kept him from the Vancouver Olympics. He eventually won two bronze medals, then went on to produce a documentary last year about Seattle's hip-hop scene that featured Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

Celski says they've stayed in touch, including visiting at a recent concert in Colorado.

"Every time I meet up with him, there's a cool kind of bond there," Celski says. "We talk about dedication to our crafts."

"He brings a lot to the music world as I do to the skating world," Celski says, "so there's a good comparison there."

Celski qualified for 500-, 1,000- and 1,500-meter solo races, along with the 5,000-meter relay.