Two bronze medals for Team USA at the Short Track World Cup in Italy

By Rebecca Reza | Feb. 10, 2019, 3:41 p.m. (ET)

The short track world cup season wrapped up Sunday at the World Cup in Torino, Italy. Fresh off her 500m gold medal performance at the Short Track Junior World Championships, Maame Biney (Reston, Va.) scored her first individual World Cup medal, with a third-place finish in the 500m (2) behind Martina Valcepina (ITA) with gold and Christie Elise (BGR) with the silver.

The mixed relay team of Biney, Jonathan So (Reston, Va.), Kristen Santos (Fairfield, Conn.), and Aaron Tran (Federal Way, Wash.) earned a bronze medal behind Team Russia for gold and Team Canada with the silver.

During Saturday’s crowded 1500m A final, Tran finished 9th in a field of ten skaters. with Gun Woo Kim (KOR) taking the gold. Julie Letai (Medfield, Mass.) reached the Ladies 1500m semifinals in a fast heat with eventual gold medal winner, Suzanne Schulting (NED). Letai placed fifth in her heat.

Santos was the highest finisher for Team USA in the 1000m, reaching the quarterfinals with a 4th place finish. In Tran’s 1000m quarterfinal, he finished fifth. So also competed in the 1000m, making it to the Rep. semi’s, finishing 5th in his heat.

Both Andrew Heo (Warrington, Pa.) and Adam Callister (Salt Lake City, Utah) competed Sunday in the 500m (2), with Heo reaching the Rep Semis, finishing 5th place in his heat. The pair had finished 1-2 in the rep. quarterfinals earlier in the day. Overall gold medal winner for the category was Hyo Jon Kim of Korea.

The Men’s 5000m Relay team (Tran, So, Andrew and Aaron Heo) finished behind China for second place in the B Final.

As the season comes to a close, Team USA will compete at the 2019 Short Track World Championships in Bulgaria, March 8-10.

 

Highlights:

Maame Biney: 500m (2) – Bronze

Mixed Relay Team – Bronze

Maame Biney: 500m (1) – 6th overall

Men’s Relay Team: 6th overall

Aaron Tran: 1500m – 9th overall

Ladies Relay Team: 12th overall

Julie Letai: 1500m – 15th overall

Kristen Santos: 1000m – 15th overall

Aaron Tran: 1000m – 20th overall

 

Quotes:

“It was Maame's first ever A final and she wins the bronze,” said USS Head Coach Wilma Boomstra. “She raced three weekends in a row and she was tired this weekend. It got to her legs but I’m impressed with her mindset to just take it race by race. She gave it her all. She proved to herself that she can race with the best in the world.”

“In the mixed relay we didn't have Thomas [Hong] which was hard, but our young SoSo [Jonathan So] stepped it up big time,” said USS Head Coach Wilma Boomstra. “They worked incredibly as a team, kept their cool and took care of business. The future is bright!”

“I love the mixed relay and I’m glad we got another shot at an A final after having some falls at other world cups,” said Kristen Santos. “Going into it I knew we had what it takes to medal, so I’m glad that it all worked out.”

“Overall this was a great end to the World Cup season and I think we’ll all be heading to world champs with our heads held high,” said Kristen Santos.

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