Team USA bounces back at the ISU Short Track World Cup in Calgary

Nov. 03, 2018, 8:48 p.m. (ET)

By Rebecca Reza

Day two of the ISU Short Track World Cup in Calgary proved to be another frustrating day in the individual races for Team USA, but the team pulled together for strong showings in the mixed relay and men’s relay semifinals.

The mixed relay team of Maame Biney, Kristen Santos, Aaron Tran, and Thomas Hong, finished second with a time of 2:38.942. The team will face the Netherlands, China, and Korea competing for medals in the A finals tomorrow. The men’s relay team, including Aaron Tran, Aaron Heo, Jonathan So, and Thomas Hong, finished third in the second heat with a time of 6:45.798, qualifying for the B finals against Italy on Sunday.

After winning his semifinal heat in the 500m (1), Hong missed out on the podium after a false start and then a bump by Jia Haidong of China heading into the first turn - neither skater was penalized. Hong ended up fifth. Kristen Santos missed out on the finals in the 1500m after a penalty involving Anna Seidel of Germany took her out of the event.

The final day of racing tomorrow begins with the repechage races in the 500m (2) and 1000m races, before LIVE coverage resumes at 1 p.m. MST with the 500m (2), 1000m finals, followed by the relay finals.

Highlights from Day 2 (November 3)

  • Thomas Hong wins semifinal heat in 500m (1).
  • Men’s relay team of Aaron Tran, Aaron Heo, Jonathan So, and Thomas Hong, head to the B finals, finishing 3rd in the semis.
  • Mixed Relay team of Kristen Santos, Maame Biney, Thomas Hong, Aaron Tran finish second in their semifinal heat, to compete for medals tomorrow in the A final.

 

Quotes:

“They are confident and they are now realizing that they belong here in the A Finals,” said USS Short Track Head Coach Wilma Boomstra. “Our mixed relay team just made the A Final!”

“I was really happy with how I skated in the 1500, I felt really strong,” said Kristen Santos. “I technically qualified for the 1500 A Finals, but ended up getting DQd. That was something that was hard to accept but luckily after the mixed team relay, we qualified into the A final and that made it a little easier. Overall, I’m really happy with how the day went.”

“Today was a really good race day for me,” said Thomas Hong. “I  made my first individual A final and I was really proud to have done so. I would have loved a medal but some unexpected things happened at the start of my 500, so at this point, I’m very happy with where I’m at.”

“In the mixed relay, we have a great team and I think we’ll do some damage going forward, tomorrow in the A Finals for sure, and also in the world cup,Hong said. “.In the Men’s Relay, we made it to the B Final. We have such a young team, it was really promising what our younger skaters did today. I’m very happy to be moving forward with this group.”

 

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