Team USA Secures Eight Short Track Olympic Quota Spots for PyeongChang 2018

Nov. 24, 2017, 2:32 p.m. (ET)

US Speedskating secured a total of eight Olympic quota spots for the discipline of short track speed skating at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games PyeongChang. Spots were awarded utilizing results from the four ISU World Cups during the 2017-18 season.

Quota spots were determined by the total points amassed by skaters in each individual distance and the relay, allowing each team to drop the worst performance of each spot in a given World Cup.


EX. Men’s 500m USA Results

World Cup Budapest World Cup Dordrecht World Cup Shanghai World Cup Seoul
 10. Krueger (USA 1 - 1342) 14. Celski (USA 1 - 550) 11. Krueger (USA 1 - 1074) 8. Celski (USA 1 - 2097)
 20. Celski (USA 2 - 144) 28. Krueger (USA 2 - 24) 18. Celski (USA 2 - 225) 10. Hong (USA 2 - 1342)
33. Hong (USA 3 - 12) 88. Hong (USA 3 - 1) 22. Hong (USA 3 - 74 28. Carroll (USA 3 - 24)


Overall Men 500m country rankings:

11. USA 1 (4513 points) 20. USA 2 (1711 points) 32. USA 3 (110 points)


Individual distances vary with the number of spots available at the Winter Olympic Games. The 500m and 1000m has a total of 32 spots available, while the 1500m has a total of 36 spots. Country quota spots are subject to change as each country will have to confirm by January 10, 2018 on whether they intend to use their full entry quotas.

Per ISU rules, each relay team qualified allows a country to bring a maximum of five skaters per respective gender. If you do not qualify a relay, you are only allowed to bring the highest number of athletes that you qualified in an individual distance, which would allow a maximum of three country spots per distance.        

To read the official ISU Communication on quota spots awarded, click here.

For the U.S. men, Team USA secured a relay spot in PyeongChang by finishing third overall in the World Cup rankings and guaranteeing that the U.S. team will consist of five male skaters. In individual distances, the men secured three individual spots in the 500m and 1500m distances, and two spots in the 1000m.

The women had two spots in each distance, entering the final World Cup of the season, securing a third individual spot in the 1500m when all three U.S. women made it to the semifinals at World Cup Seoul.

“The women’s success in the 1500m at World Cup Seoul was really important for us,” said US Speedskating’s High Performance Director Guy Thibault. “Entering the final World Cup, we would have only had two girls going to the Games but our girls were able to step up in the last World Cup of the season and get us a third individual spot.”

The U.S. also carried a team of eight short track speed skaters to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Sochi, with the men qualifying a relay and the women securing three individual spots.

With support from the Utah Sports Commission and the Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation, the U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Short Track Speedskating will take place on December 15-17, 2017 at the Utah Olympic Oval, and will be used to determine members of the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team. Tickets are now on sale at SmithsTix.com and all Smith’s Tix locations.

 

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