After three days of intense competition at the Utah Olympic Oval, the Team USA 2019-20 fall short track world cup team has been selected. Representing Team USA at the fall world cup events will be:
Corinne Stoddard (Lake Tapps, Wash.)
Maame Biney (Reston, Va.)
Hailey Choi (Oakton, Va.)
April Shin (Rockville, Md.)
Julie Letai (Medfield, Mass.)
Kristen Santos (Fairfield, Conn.)
Ryan Pivirotto (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Thomas Hong (Laurel, Md.)
Aaron Tran (Federal Way, Wash.)
Brandon Kim (Fairfax, Va.)
Andrew Heo (Warrington, Pa.)
Jonathan So (Reston, Va.)
Stoddard and Pivirotto each won the overall classification for the event and it marks the first time since the 2018 Olympic Games that Pivirotto will be on a world team.
“It’s going to be weird definitely after taking a year off but I’m hoping to get back to who I am as a skater and I’m hoping to really excel when I get to later rounds,” Pivirotto said.
“I like to be on top after a race and this feels good because I’m never been on top before,” said Stoddard.
Under the direction of USS National Head Coach Wilma Boomstra, the team will compete at the following events:
World Cup #1 - Salt Lake City - Nov. 1-3
World Cup #2 - Montreal, Canada - Nov. 8-10
World Cup #3 - Nagoya, Japan - Nov. 29-Dec. 1
World Cup #4 - Shanghai, China - Dec. 6-8
Additionally, after this weekend’s results, So, Choi and Jenell Berhorst (Auburn, Wash.) will be nominated for spots at the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, Jan. 9-22.
“When I went on the outside and everyone else went in, I knew I had a lot more speed, so when I got to the front I just kept up the speed,” said Stoddard.
“A year ago, I was definitely not as fast as I am right now. It’s a lot easier for me to chill out in the race,” said Stoddard.
“It was unexpected. If Thomas hadn’t fallen, he would have won. For the rest of the competition, I’ve got to go out and skate to the best of my ability,” said Pivirotto.
“You go all out and you give it your all, and there’s no time for mistakes. If you do make a mistake that could be it. And you have to go fast, which is what I love to do,” said Biney.
"I didn't expect to make the [YOG] team, so when I actually made it, it was unbelievable," said Berhorst.
"I feel really honored [to make the YOG team]. I'm just really excited," said Choi
"I'm excited to represent our country [at the YOG] and try to win medals. I want to get the gold!" said So.
“We had a fall, but that’s just part of what we do,” Boomstra said. “We came back stronger. Honestly, I’m so relieved because you never know what will happen at trials.”