John-Henry Krueger celebrates after placing on the U.S. Olympic Team for the Winter Games.

The Cherry Hill Campground in College Park, Md., is not generally considered an American Olympic factory.

But for short-track speedskater John-Henry Krueger, the campsite always will be an unlikely defining spot in his Olympic trek, according to The Washington Post. He, his brother and his mother stayed there a few times a week when they piled in his mother’s minivan and drove from Pittsburgh to D.C. to train with the short-track speedskating coaches there. Sometimes they upgraded from tents to cabins. Once they slept in the car. Once they slept in a yurt. All that — nights spent in sleeping bags, brown bag meals for days — because short-track coaches are hard to come by.

“That was something we had to do at the time. It was necessary. That was part of the sacrifice we had to make,” Krueger said. “It was worth it. Here I am at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.”

Cherry Hill was, in that way, the first step on a training-inspired odyssey that eventually took Krueger to Salt Lake City, Korea, and most recently, the Netherlands. Now 22, he is a contender in the 1,000-meter Olympics semifinals Saturday (Feb. 17) — in large part because when he and his older brother, Cole, told their parents they wanted to skate a few years ago, Bryan and Heidi Krueger realized what it would take to support the dream.

“I remember sitting around the dining room table, and [Bryan] was like, ‘Wow, what just happened?’ We got thrown out of a moving bus.” Heidi said. “ I said, ‘I don’t know what’s going to become of this. How about we agree that we allow both boys to explore their full potential, whatever that is. That’s all we agreed to.”

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