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 Junior
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 Junior
Congratulations to the skaters who made the Winter World Cup Team and the Junior World Team!
2020 Junior Short Track World Team
Junior Team Men
Junior Team Ladies
"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.