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Short Track World Cup season wraps up in the Netherlands

Nov. 28, 2021, 3:13 p.m. (ET)

The world’s top short track speed skaters competed this weekend in Dordrecht, Netherlands from November 25-28. This four-day competition was the final Olympic qualifying event with athletes battling for key start positions ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China. 

Team USA started strong with Corinne Stoddard (Tacoma, WA) and Kristen Santos (Fairfield, CT) qualifying for the semifinals in the women’s 1500m. Santos advanced to the A Final and finished just off the podium coming in 4th place in a time of (2:22.107). Stoddard finished in 20th place. 

On the men’s side, Ryan Pivirotto (Ann Arbor, MI) and Brandon Kim (Fairfax, VA) advanced to the 1500m quarterfinals but neither made it through to the semifinal round.

“So we’ve been on the road for about six weeks now and I think mentally it’s been a struggle for me and the team. I see a lot of people tired and exhausted after just travel alone but for the four World Cups I think we performed well; the women performed exceptionally well and  the men had a few good performances and I think after all this I’m just ready to go home, take a few weeks to get ready for Olympic Trials and to go out and compete for those [Olympic] spots.” commented Ryan Pivirotto. 

In the Women’s 500m, Santos made it to the B Final finishing 7th and Stoddard finishing in 18th place. Kim advanced to the quarterfinals in the Men’s 500m and finished in 13th place.

Santos continued her impressive skating in the 1000m picking up a 7th place finish. Santos ends the World Cup Season as the 2nd ranked 1000m skater in the World. Stoddard posted a series of strong races, advancing to the B Final and a 10th place finish. For the men, Kim qualified for the quarterfinals in the 1000m ending up in 19th place.

USA’s Women’s Relay Team continued their strong showing on the season finishing in 6th place. The women’s team ended the World Cup Season in 7th place in the overall rankings qualifying them for the Olympic Games. USA’s Mixed Gender Relay Team finished in 11th place also qualifying for the Olympic Games. 

With the completion of the 2021-2022 World Cup series, the Short Track Team is in full preparation for the Short Track US Olympic Team Trials taking place on the Fastest Ice on Earth at the Utah Olympic Oval December 17-19, 2021. Olympians will be nominated to represent Team USA at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China.

Team USA final rankings from World Cup 4 in Dordrecht, Netherlands:

500m Women
Kristen Santos - 7th
Corinne Stoddard - 18th
Julie Letai - 27th 

500 Men
Brandon Kim - 13th
Andrew Heo - 24th
Ryan Pivirotto - 28th

1000m Women
Kristen Santos - 7th
Corrine Stoddard - 10th
Maame Biney - 27th

1000m Men
Brandon Kim - 19th
Ryan Pivirotto - 22nd
Andrew Heo - 70th 

1500m Women
Kristen Santos - 4th
Corrine Stoddard - 20th
Maame Biney - 30th

1500m Men
Brandon Kim - 27th
Ryan Pivirotto - 42nd 
Andrew Heo - 45th 

Women's 3000m relay - 6th
Men's 5000m relay - 10th 
Mixed Team relay - 11th 

For full results from this weekend, click here.
For tickets to Short Track Olympic Trials, click here.

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