SHANGHAI, China (December 9, 2011) – Team USA’s short track skaters had a strong opening day at the fourth stop of the Korean Air ISU World Cup in Shanghai, China. Today’s races featured qualifying rounds for the 500m (1), 500m (2), 1000m, 1500m and the men’s Relay.
The U.S. women dominated today’s heats. All three Team USA skaters won their 1500m heat – Katherine Reutter (Champaign, IL) posting 2:30.740, Lana Gehring (Glenview, IL) at 2:32.487, and Emily Scott (Springfield, MO) with a time of 2:37.540.
Jessica Smith (Melvindale, MI) won her 500m(1) heat with a time of 45.908, Alyson Dudek (Hales Corners, WI) took second in her 500m(1) heat posting 45.392.
Korea skated an incredible 6:35.884 to set a new relay World Record today, eclipsing the previous World Record time of 6:37.877 set by Great Britain in February 2011. The U.S. men (Kyle Carr (Peachtree City, GA), Jordan Malone (Denton, TX), John-Henry Krueger (Pittsburgh, PA) and Travis Jayner (Midland, MI) skated a 6:54.761, to take third in their heat behind Canada (6:53.491) and Russia (6:54.360). Team USA will skate in tomorrow’s semifinal facing Korea, Great Britain and the Netherlands.
Saturday’s World Cup will feature the Men’s and Ladies 500m(1) Quarterfinals – Finals, 1500m Semifinals - Finals, and the Relay
Racing will be broadcast live at http://livemanager.eurovision.edgesuite.net/isu/site/index.html, beginning Friday, 12/9, at 10pm (MST).
Please visit http://www.sportresult.com/federations/ISU/ShortTrack/ for complete results from today’s qualifying races.
For additional information on Team USA and short track speedskating, please visit the following link for a copy of US Speedskating’s 2011 Fall Media Guide: http://content.yudu.com/A1usqc/STMediaGuide2011/resources/index.htm
Korean Air World Cup 4 – Shanghai
Team USA Heats Summary:
Ladies 500m(1) Heats:
Alyson Dudek 45.392
Jessica Smith 45.908
Tamara Frederick (Park Ridge, IL) 45.640
Dudek and Smith qualify for Saturday’s 500m(1) Quarterfinals
Men’s 500m (1) Heats:
Travis Jayner 42.080
Jayner qualifies for Saturday’s 500m(1) Quarterfinals
Ladies 500m(2) Heats:
Emily Scott 49.057 (ADV)
Jessica Smith 44.867
Tamara Frederick 46.018
Scott and Smith qualify for Sunday’s 500m(2) Quarterfinals
Men’s 500m (2) Heats:
Kyle Carr 42.387
Jonathan Garcia 42.222
Garcia qualifies for Sunday’s 500m (2) Quarterfinals
Men’s 1000m Heats:
No U.S. qualifiers for Quarterfinals
Ladies 1000m Heats:
Katherine Reutter 1:32.329
Lana Gehring 1:32.631
Alyson Dudek 1:31.470
All qualify for 1000m quarterfinals
Men’s 1500m Heats:
Kyle Carr 2:26.231
John-Henry Krueger 2:22.520
Carr qualifies for Saturday’s 1500m Quarterfinals
Ladies 1500m Heats:
Katherine Reutter 2:30.740
Lana Gehring 2:32.487
Emily Scott 2:37.540
All qualify for Saturday’s 1500m Quarterfinals
Team USA men's relay (Carr, Malone, Krueger, Jayner). The team qualified for Saturday’s Semifinals (6:54.761).
Korea sets World Record (6:35.884) in today's heats