Led by a pair of Olympic medalists in J.R. Celski and Katherine Reutter, 12 athletes have emerged from weekend competition at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah, to form the team that will represent the United States in the first two ISU short track speedskating world cups.
Shooting for his third Olympic team, Celski dominated the men’s field over the weekend, winning every time he took the ice, a total of four events and 15 heats. He was pushed by 21-year-old John-Henry Krueger, a world cup gold medalist who placed second behind Celski to earn selection to the world cup team. Adam Callister, Keith Carroll Jr., Thomas Hong and Ryan Pivirotto round out the men’s squad.
A silver and bronze medalist at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Reutter showed little rust after ending a nearly four-year retirement to earn her spot on the team, along with fellow Olympian Jessica Kooreman, who just missed a podium finish at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The women were paced by 22-year-old Kimi Goetz, who emerged from the weekend with the top score to earn a spot on her third fall world cup team. Katy Ralston, Kristen Santos and 2016 Youth Olympian April Shin also were named to the squad.
All 12 team members have raced at the international level, with most having world cup experience; however, the U.S. won only one world cup medal last season and is hoping to improve upon that this year. The world cup schedule opens Nov. 4-6 in Calgary, Alberta, with the second stop one week later at the Utah Olympic Oval.