Short Track World Cup Races Conclude in Calgary

Nov. 04, 2018, 10:30 p.m. (ET)

By Rebecca Reza

The first ISU Short Track World Cup races of the season wrapped up Sunday, Nov. 4, with Team USA missing out on medals but reaching personal bests and qualifying for several finals for the young squad.  

Maame Biney competed in the 500m(2) rep. quarterfinals, along with teammates Elizabeth Johnson and Jamie Jurak. Biney qualified to skate the rep. semifinals, but finished second and did not advance. Kristen Santos, Corinne Stoddard and Danielle Amos raced in the 1000m rep. quarterfinals. Santos continued through to the 1000m quarterfinals but did not go to the semis.

The first mixed relay competition at the World Cup saw the U.S. team of Biney, Santos, Aaron Tran, and Thomas Hong qualify for the A finals but finished just off the podium in fourth place. China won gold with a time of 2:38.245. Team USA crossed the line at 2:39.346.

The men’s relay team with Tran, Hong, Aaron Heo and Jonathan So competed in the 5000m B Finals, soon after Team Hungary won gold in the A finals, setting a new World Record of 6:28.625. After crashing twice in their race against Italy, Team USA finished in 7:25.786.

The team heads back to Utah to prep for the second World Cup event, this time with home advantage at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City, Nov. 9-11. The team will once again face steep competition, but will have the confidence from Calgary, looking for continued growth moving forward.

Highlights from Day 3

  • Thomas Hong (1:24.716), Kristen Santos (1:31.95) and Aaron Tran all competed individually in the 1000m quarterfinals. Hong finished 4th and Santos 5th in their heats, while Tran was penalized for making contact with Italian skater Thommaso Dotti. None advanced to the semis.
  • Men’s relay team of Aaron Tran, Aaron Heo, Jonathan So, and Thomas Hong, crashed twice in their B final against Italy, finishing second in the B Final. 
  • Mixed Relay team of Kristen Santos, Maame Biney, Thomas Hong and Aaron Tran finished fourth, missing the team's chance to medal.

Quotes:

"This weekend didn't end particularly how we wanted it to," said Aaron Tran. "We are still feeling strong and hopeful for next weekend in Salt Lake City."

"I am very proud of our team this first world cup," said USS National Short Track Team Head Coach Wilma Boomstra. "They learned a lot while they were giving their best. Good start for this building year. Ended up fourth with our mixed relay and seventh with our men's relay. These are brand new teams so lots of room for improvements."

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