KUSA - The Winter Olympics begin in 100 days in Sochi, Russia. This means athletes are in the heart of their training.
One Olympic ice skater, J.R. Celski, is rumored to take over Apolo Anton Ohno's reign on speed skating.
Ohno announced he's hanging up his skates.
The talk is Celski is the one to beat in the 500-meter distance.
"Hearing that makes me eager to get out there and accomplish whatever I have my mind set to," Celski said.
As Celski prepared for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics , he cut his leg on his own skates, which put him on crutches 100 days before the games.
Celski said his injuries in the past help him mentally prepare now.
"I really had to dig deep and realize what I was doing this sport for again," Celski said. "I was able to look back and see that I had accomplished something of that size. I can take that into Sochi with me this time."
Celski trains six days a week for six to seven hours a day.
In a few weeks he will head to Italy and Russia to compete against the best speed skaters in the world.
The Olympic trials are in January.