US Speedskating Names Short Track Junior World Team

Jan. 23, 2018, 12:59 p.m. (ET)

The 2018 Short Track Junior World Team was selected by US Speedskating following the conclusion of the 2018 Short Track Junior National Championships held in Green Bay, Wisc. on Jan. 20-21.

Over 40 skaters – 25 men and 16 women – battled it out at the Cornerstone Community Center for a spot on the Junior World Team that will compete in Tomaszo╠üw Mazowiecki, Poland during the first weekend in March.

“I think it was a great weekend all around,” said US Speedskating High Performance Director Guy Thibault. “It was pretty fast ice and I think we have a really strong team.”

Gabriella Hachem (North Potomac, Md.) and Brandon Kim (Fairfax, Va.) were the overall winners in their respective classifications. Hachem swept all four women’s events (500m, 1000m, 1500m #1, 1500m Super Final), while Kim won the men’s 500m and 1000m, finished second in the 1500m Super Final, and third in the 1500m #1.

“I’m really excited (for Poland),” said Hachem. “I’m going with [National Training Program teammate] Maame Biney, who is one of my best friends, and I think the two of us have been going really strong together since we have been training with the senior team. I think we both have hopes for a medal.”

“I’m feeling good,” said Kim. “I was a little nervous because I finished third in the first 1500m but I ended up doing well in every other distance.”

The 2018 Cheese Cup was held in conjunction with Junior Nationals for those skaters who were not eligible for Junior National Championships, either due to age or time standards.

Maame Biney (Reston, Va.) automatically qualified for the Junior World Team due to her nomination to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.

For full results from Junior Championships, click here.
For full results for the Cheese Cup, click here.

US Speedskating would like to congratulate the eight skaters – four men and four women – named to the 2018 Short Track Junior World Team:

Men                                                                             Women
Aaron Heo (Warrington, Pa.)                                      Maame Biney (Reston, Va.)
Andrew Heo (Warrington, Pa.)                                   Gabriella Hachem (North Potomac, Md.)
Brandon Kim (Fairfax, Va.)                                         Elizabeth Johnson (Orange, Calif.)
Jonathan So (Herndon, Va.)                                       Julie Letai (Medfield, Mass.)