The first world cup event of the 2016-17 season began on a positive note for the U.S. men’s short track speedskating team Friday as they broke the American record in the 5,000-meter relay to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round at the Olympic Oval in Calgary, Alberta.
Thomas Hong, Adam Callister, Keith Carroll Jr. and John-Henry Krueger finished their heat in 6:33.363 to break a mark that was set eight years ago by Apolo Ohno, Anthony Lobello, Travis Jayner and Jeff Simon by nearly six seconds. Their time was second to the Canadians, who posted the fastest time with a 6:32.955.
Canada and the U.S. were the only two teams to post times under 6:40, a promising sign for an American podium finish.
“I’m happy we set the national record, especially from a strong team back in 2008,” Callister said. “We all skated well, we felt in control and we can't wait to see what we are all capable of for the rest of the weekend.”
The women’s 3,000-meter relay team also enjoyed a strong showing while advancing to the semis, posting a 4:12.584, less than a second off the American record.