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The Pressure's on in Day 2 of US Champs

Jan. 17, 2015, 8:53 p.m. (ET)

The second day of the 2015 US Short Track Championships in Salt Lake City has come to an end, and US Speedskating is one day closer to naming its Winter World Cup team.

Jessica Smith won today’s 1500m and 500m races, and will move on to tomorrow’s 1000m and 3000m distances.

“Overall I’m pleased with my racing today,” said Smith. “I’m working on personal goals in each race and looking forward to skating again tomorrow.”

“The pressure’s on,” said Short Track Manager and Assistant Coach Alex Izykowski.
“There’s not a lot of room for error. The majority of the points were dealt out today and it’s very close. Anything can happen.”

As for surprises, Izykowski added “I think it was pretty cool that Travis Jayner made the A final after taking the majority of the season off, and watching Katy Ralston getting 2nd in the 1500m was awesome because that’s not typically her strongest distance.”

The final day of the US Short Track Championships begins tomorrow at 9:00am MST at the Utah Olympic Oval. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

                                                                                                  


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