Over the weekend, U.S. athletes competed for spots for the 2021 Long Track World Cup Team that will head to Heerenveen, Netherlands for the Hub system. While at the Hub, athletes will compete in two World Cups and the World Championships. A select number of athletes prequalified in specific events depending on what their seasons’ best times were compared to other competing athletes. Upon the postponement of the Long Track US Championships, US Speedskating (USS) used a selection committee to choose the remaining members of the 2021 World Cup Team from a time trial event January 9-10, 2021. The selections were made with a council from the Long Track Task Force in compliance with USS’ rules and regulations.
Six athletes were selected to be a part of the World Cup circuit:
The first two World Cups will be held on back-to-back weekends, January 22-24, 2021, and January 29-31, 2021. Following these events will be a rest weekend before athletes gear up to compete at the Speed Skating World Championships, February 11-14, 2021. During this time Matt Kooreman, the US Long Track Program Director, will be coaching the six athletes towards their success with a hopeful outlook for the upcoming competitions.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what our athletes can do against the World’s best and I’m honoured again to be a part of that process.” -Matt Kooreman, US Long Track Program Director
Additionally, US Long Track National Team member, Conor McDermott-Mosowy, will be the social media ambassador for USS during the team’s stay at the Hub. Conor will give us an inside look at what the Hub system is like. From food, to safety, how the athletes spend their free time, and behind-the-scenes race coverage!
Good luck to all the athletes as they represent Team USA in the Netherlands!
Click here to see the results from the weekend’s time trials (January 9-10, 2021).