As Team USA finished with eight medals at the Four Continental Championships Sunday, the juniors responded with two medals of their own at the ISU Junior World Short Track Championships in Bromio, Italy. The three-day event showcases the future stars of short track speed skating.
Corinne Stoddard led the way for Team USA. Motivated by what she had described a frustrating couple of weeks in competition, Stoddard arrived in Italy focused and determined.
The 2019 Inline World Junior Champion earned a bronze medal in the 500m, behind overall winner Xandra Velzeboer of the Netherlands before following up with silver in the 1000m behind Gilli Kim of Korea. Stoddard also made the A finals in the 1500m, finishing sixth behind Kim Geonhee of Korea.
Both Hailey Choi and Kamryn Lute competed in the 500m alongside Stoddard, gaining further experiencing racing in the quarterfinals and ranking preliminary finals respectively. On the men’s team, Andrew Heo raced the 1500m in the preliminary heats, reaching the ranking finals.
After shining in Switzerland at the Youth Olympic Games earlier this year, Jonathan So reached the quarterfinals in the 500m only to crash in the first few laps. The challenges continued in the 1000m, where he reached the quarterfinals. His teammate Brandon Kim earned a spot in the B final but did not skate. The men’s relay team reached the A finals but did not skate.
Both So and Stoddard return with the senior squad next week, heading to Germany for Short Track World Cup 5.