Eddy Alvarez of the United States reacts after he competes in the Short Track Men's 1000 m Heat on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.
Eddy Alvarez has something to smile about after zooming through double duty races on Thursday in Sochi.
The Miami native's ice blade edged out his competitor in a photo finish to advance in the men's 1,000-meter. Alvarez will compete in the 1,000-meter quarterfinals on Saturday.
Shortly after Thursday's 1,000-meter, Alvarez joined teammates J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling, and Jordan Malone, cruising to the finals in the short track 5,000-meter relay.
Team USA did not cross the finish line in the semi-final relay because of a crash with the Korean team. But officials ruled the crash was the Korean skaters fault, and Team USA advanced.
The finals of the 5,000-meter are scheduled for Feb. 21.
"Great day today... Extremely relieved getting through to the 1000m qtr., especially making that relay final," Alvarez tweeted shortly after the events.