EVENT HIGHLIGHTS: ISU WORLD CUP SHORT TRACK- SALT LAKE CITY
Day one of the ISU World Cup Short Track in Salt Lake City started off strong, as Olympians Jessica Smith and Emily Scott returned to the ice.
Smith advanced to the quarterfinal in the 1000m. Scott also had a strong performance in the second 1000m, qualifying for the quarterfinal and 1500m, advancing to the semifinal. Jacqueline Chen skated in her first World Cup event, qualifying for the quarterfinal in the second 1000m.
On the men’s side, John-Henry Krueger had a strong showing, finishing first in his heat in both the 1500m, securing a spot in tomorrow’s semifinal, and the 500m, qualifying for the quarterfinal. Ryan Pivirotto skating his first World Cup, was advanced in the second 1000m, and will skate in the quarterfinal.
In the relay events, Team USA had a strong performance in both the men’s and ladies heats, advancing to the semifinal. Jessica Smith and Emily Scott were joined in the 3000m relay by Katy Ralston and Kimberly Goetz, finishing 2nd, with a time of 4:12.502. The men’s team of John-Henry Krueger, Cole Krueger, Keith Carroll and Ryan Pivirotto won their race in a time of 6:46.917.
“I was really excited to race!” said Katie Ralston. “I definitely had a lot of nerves going into today because I had no idea what to expect, but I feel like things turned out well. I made some mistakes but I’m learning from them, and hopefully things go well tomorrow.”
Skaters not yet advancing into the World Cup events Saturday and Sunday afternoon will have the opportunity to compete in the reperchage rounds, where two additional skaters in each distance will be added to the World Cup.
For full results, visit: http://shorttrack.sportresult.com/?evt=11213100000012
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