USS Announces its 2020 Short Track Development Athletes of the Year

April 28, 2020, 6:55 p.m. (ET)

US Speedskating presents the two skaters recognized as the 2020 Short Track Junior Development Skaters of the Year. Skaters were selected by US Speedskating's High Performance Department based on age, improvement and results from the season.

Congratulations to Eunice Lee and Hudson Halling!

Name: Eunice Lee

Age: 15

Club: Puget Sound

Coach: Chang Lee

Who inspires you in speedskating? Shim Suk Hee inspires me as a skater because she was able to become one of the world’s best skaters at a very young age. I feel that I have a lot to learn in ways of technique and strategies by watching her.

Where will you be in ten years? In ten years, I hope to have graduated college successfully and attend either medical or graduate school.

What other sports do you play? Currently, I don’t do any other sports besides skating, but when I was younger, I experimented with a lot of dance-focused sports such as ballet, figure skating, rhythmic gymnastics, and was actually on a competitive gymnastics team for 3 years before I ultimately chose to do speed skating.

What are your other hobbies? When I’m not skating or doing schoolwork, I spend my time baking, sewing, and reading. I also used to take piano lessons but quit a couple years ago, and only occasionally practice.

How did you get involved in speedskating? When our family lived in Korea, my sister and I were both figure skaters and my brother speed skated. After moving to Bellevue, we continued our speed skating with our current team, which was what began the whole thing.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment? Making the Junior Development Team and receiving this title is definitely what I’m proudest of and I am excited to see what the future holds for me.

What is your favorite subject in school? My favorite subject in school is World History because it’s amazing to explore the different perspectives of peoples and cultures of the past and how they influence the present. Their prevalence in our general knowledge of past events also depends on the bias of the perspective which makes unraveling history so much more interesting.

What are your goals for speedskating in the next few years? My biggest goal for next year is to hopefully make the Junior World team because it would be an immensely great opportunity for me to skate with some of the best skaters in the country. Although I know that this will pose a difficult challenge for me, I hope that will motivate me to work harder.

What is your favorite exercise during dryland training? During dryland, I like slideboard the most because it most realistically simulates the technique that we use on ice. By doing this exercise, I feel like I’m really working on and improving my form. It also helps to strengthen my endurance depending on the sets and times.

What’s your favorite post-race snack? While I’m racing, I usually prefer not to eat anything because it makes me nauseous, but instead I like to drink beverages with electrolytes and lots of water to supplement what I sweat out during my races. 

Where is your favorite place to race? Racing in Utah has been my favorite place to race so far, because the ice makes me feel like I’m skating my fastest. It’s also been the best place for me because I’ve set all of my personal records there.

What’s your craziest hidden talent? Although it’s not really a hidden talent, my years of gymnastics made me pretty flexible, and I can do the splits all three ways.

Anything else you’d like to share? This past season, I struggled a lot with my skating because of a series of consecutive injuries that prevented me from performing at my best for any of my competitions. With these injuries I was unable to prepare for AmCup2, where I had been hoping to make the Junior World team, and was forced to stay home from AmCup3 altogether. However, this season has shown me that even after the unsatisfactory results from all of my injuries, that I still can recover and get better. With this mindset, I’m hoping to work the hardest I have this summer so that I can finally realize some of my goals next season.

 

Name: Hudson Halling

Age: 15

Club: Oval FAST team

Coach: Li Geng

Who inspires you in speedskating? Jessica Smith-Kooreman, Jeff Simon, and when I was younger Steve Johnson from the Oval club.

Where will you be in ten years? In 10 years I would like to be well on my way to becoming an airline pilot like my Dad.

What other sports do you play? I don’t do anything besides speedskating competitively, but I love snow skiing, biking, and all water sports behind a boat.

What are your other hobbies? Chess, and coin collecting.

How did you get involved in speedskating? The reason I tried speed skating was because of the Olympics. My family watches them every Olympic year, and in 2014 I was watching short track and thought it would be cool to try, so I did, and stuck with it.

What would you consider your greatest accomplishment? Memorizing and playing Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto number one to submit to Utah Symphony. (40 pages long).

What is your favorite subject in school? Music.

What are your goals for speedskating in the next few years? I would really like to make the short track Junior World Team.

What is your favorite exercise during dryland training? cable crossovers

What’s your favorite post-race snack? a banana

Where is your favorite place to race? The Utah Olympic Oval

What’s your craziest hidden talent? Playing and composing classical piano pieces.

Anything else you’d like to share? I am learning American Sign Language and love signing to people.