Name: Thomas Hong
Sport: Short Track Speedskating
Discipline(s): Short Track Speedskating
Height: 5'8
DOB: 7/2/1997
Hometown: Laurel, Md.
Olympic Experience
  • Qualified for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team - finished fourth overall at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials
World Championship Experience
  • 2016-17 World Junior Championships - 500m silver; 3000m relay bronze; 1500m 18th; 1000m 7th; 4th overall
  • 2014-15 World Junior Championships - 3000m relay 11th; 1500m 23rd; 500m 17th; 1000m 12th; 17th overall
  • 2013-14 World Junior Championships - 500m 4th; 1000m 9th; 1500m 26th; 3000m relay 8th; 7th overall
  • 2012-13 World Junior Championships - 3000m relay 4th
Youth Olympic Games Experience
  • 2012 1st Winter Youth Olympic Games - 3000m relay gold; 500m 14th
Other Career Highlights
  • 2017-18 World Cup Seoul - 5000m relay bronze; 500m 10th
  • 2017-18 World Cup Shanghai - 5000m relay gold; 500m 23rd
  • 2017-18 World Cup Dordrecht - 5000m relay 6th; 1500m 34th; 500m 88th
  • 2017-18 World Cup Budapest - 5000m relay 6th; 1500m 28th; 500m 33rd
  • 2017-18 Short Track World Cup Team
  • 2017-18 Short Track National Training Program
  • 2016-17 World Cup Gangneung - 5000m relay bronze
  • 2016-17 Short Track National Training Program
  • 2016-17 Short Track World Cup Team
  • 2014 Olympic Trials - 11th overall; youngest competitor
Personal: Began skating at the age of five...Is a fan of the Washington Redskins (NFL), Washington Capitals (NHL), Washington Wizards (NBA) and DC United (MLS)...Grew up a fan of Kobe Bryant...Loves to cook...took culinary all throughout high school...Born in Korea...Fluent in Korean...Played the french horn, piano and drums growing up...Does not like cucumbers in any form...Favorite speed skating moment: Skating at Olympic Trials with his idol J.R. Celski...Favorite place speed skating has taken him: Osaka, Japan because of the food and Japanese culture...Favorite holiday tradition: Getting Chinese food on Easter...Favorite food: Tonkatsu, Ramen...Favorite musical artist: Kanye West & Kendrick Lamar