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US Speedskating Announces the 2015-16 World Junior Championships Team

Dec. 21, 2015, 3:37 p.m. (ET)

KEARNS, Utah – US Speedskating announced the 2015-16 World Junior Championships team that will compete in Sofia, Bulgaria from Jan. 29-31, 2016. Four women and four men will represent Team USA over the three-day competition.

Representing the women will be US Short Track Junior Champion Maame Biney (Reston, Va.), Gabriella Hachem (North Potomac, Md.), Franchesca Bell (Orlando, Fla.) and April Shin (Rockville, Md.). Shin was a member of the 2014-15 World Junior Championships team and Bell won a bronze medal in the 2015 Inline Speed Skating World Championships.

On the men’s side, Aaron Tran (Federal Way, Wash.) won the title and will lead the team. Tran is a member of the 2015-16 National Team and represented Team USA in last year’s World Junior Championships in Granada, Spain. Benjamin Oh (Burtonsville, Md.), Luca Lim (Annandale, Va.) and Benjamin Thornock (Salt Lake City, Utah) will join Tran in Bulgaria.

In addition to the World Junior Championships team, US Speedskating will nominate April Shin and Aaron Heo (Warranton, Pa.) to represent the United States in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway from Feb. 12-21, 2016.

Women
Maame Biney (Reston, Va.)
Gabriella Hachem (North Potomac, Md.)
Franchesca Bell (Orlando, Fla.)
April Shin (Rockville, Md.)

Men
Aaron Tran (Federal Way, Wash.)
Benjamin Oh (Burtonsville, Md.)
Luca Lim (Annandale, Va.)
Benjamin Thornock (Salt Lake City, Utah)

From L-R: Alex, Izykowski, April Shin, Gabriella Hachem, Maame Biney, Francesca Bell, Katherine Reutter

From L-R: Alex, Izykowski, Benjamin Thornock, Benjamin Oh, Aaron Tran, Luca Lim, Katherine Reutter