Short Track Senior and Junior World Teams Selected

Jan. 05, 2020, 3:32 p.m. (ET)

The final national titles were awarded today in an exciting finish to the U.S. Short Track Championships that served as a team selection for the Winter World Cup and Junior World Teams.

After two silver-medal finishes this weekend, Kristen Santos skated to the top of the podium in the Ladies 1000m. In a fast and physical race,  Santos jumped to the front after Olympian Maame Biney and Corinne Stoddard jostled for position. Biney was penalized, leaving Stoddard to finish second with Hailey Choi coming in third.

“While I’m glad I won overall, I honestly had a fairly disappointing weekend,” Santos said. “Honestly just didn’t feel like myself out there. Obviously the goal is always to win, but to skate safe was the main priority of the last race. Overall, I’m happy I won but just ready to feel better from being sick and get back to training to perform at worlds.”

Ladies 1000m

Kristen Santos

Corinne Stoddard

Hailey Choi

Ladies 1000m Junior

Corinne Stoddard

Hailey Choi

Kamryn Lute

The Men’s 1000m A Final also turned into a brawl, with skaters vying for spots that left 2018 Olympians Aaron Tran and Ryan Pivirotto disqualified. Olympian Thomas Hong skated to his second national title of the weekend, taking the 1000m event, followed by junior skaters Andrew Heo and Brandon Kim.

Men’s 1000m  

Thomas Hong

Andrew Heo

Brandon Kim

Men’s 1000m Junior

Andrea Heo

Brandon Kim

Jonathan So

Congratulations to the skaters who made the Winter World Cup Team and the Junior World Team!

Senior Team Men

Thomas Hong

Ryan Pivirotto

Andrew Heo

Brandon Kim

Aaron Tran

Joonhwa Hong

 

Senior Team Ladies

Kristen Santos

Maame Biney

Corinne Stoddard

Hailey Choi

Shreya Arun

Julie Letai

2020 Junior Short Track World Team

Junior Team Men

Andrew Heo

Jonathan So

Brandon Kim

Joonhwa Hong

 

Junior Team Ladies

Corinne Stoddard

Hailey Choi

Kamryn Lute

Shreya Arun

Complete Results

 

Additional Quotes:

 

"Great racing this weekend! The team is battling a lot more, taking a lot more initiative and control. It's more physical but in a safe manner. I want them to keep this going at the world cups and world [championships], then results will come easy," said National Short Track Head Coach Wilma Boomstra.

 

"I had a rough weekend with a crash, coming back from being sick and a tired body. Today in the 1000m A final, I finally felt like myself. I took the race from the front at six to go and I set a good fast pace that I could maintain. I felt amazing. At two to go I was skating great tracks but in the corner I got pushed out and I lost my position. It was disappointing because I still had so much energy and strength for the last two laps but there was no way I could come back from the ground I lost with the push," said Corinne Stoddard. 

 

“I had a lot of confidence and power this weekend but I was unable to utilize it effectively,” said Aaron Tran.

 

“[This weekend] I learned that I skate my best when I take each race one by one, and I always have more in me at the end of races than I usually think. I just need to be more confident once I’m at the world level,” said Andrew Heo.

 

“I learned to manage the pressure I put on myself greatly. For a couple of races, I felt like a nervous wreck but I was able to tame it. It made me confident to perform under pressure,” said Ryan Pivirotto

 

"It was a disappointing weekend for me and I'm glad it's over. I can take away from this weekend how to overcome repetitive bad results. I'm going to train like crazy for junior worlds so that I can bounce back with an amazing performance in less than a month," Stoddard said. 

 

"I thought this weekend went really well. For the first time in a while I'm proud of what I achieved during a race weekend. And something that I really liked that I did this weekend was I just had fun and didn't really think of what I wanted the results to be. I just raced my race and did what I do best - which is skating. I just hope that I keep it up for the rest of the season," said Maame Biney.