April 19, 2008
USOC names Apolo, U.S. men its March athletes of the month
The nod for the men's award went to two-time Olympic gold medalist Ohno who won his first title, March 9, at the ISU World Short Track Speedskating Championships in Gangneung, Republic of South Korea. Ohno, who was disqualified during the men’s 1500m event, did not let the setback phase him and came back to win the men’s 500m and take silver in the men’s 1000m events.
The U.S. Men's Short Track World Team made history when they won the overall World Championship in Harbin, China, March 7-9 and was awarded Team of the Month for March. In an overall race so close it came down to the final event, the American men beat the usually dominant Koreans, Chinese and Canadians to bring home the world championship title. The previous highest placing at a World Championship was third. Winning the World championship is the highest honor a team can win in short track speedskating during an off-Olympic year. The roster consisted of Apolo Anton Ohno (Seattle, Wash.), Jeff Simon (Long Beach, Calif.), Jordan Malone (Denton, Texas), Ryan Levielle (Memphis, Tenn.) and JP Kepka (St. Louis, Mo.).
April 17, 2008
Announcing the Virginia Speeskating Elite Team
The Virginia Speedskating Elite Team is a new, free, year-round training program for skaters aspiring to elite-level performance. It's hoped that this team will be a combination of National Team as well as Development skaters of a wide range of ages. This program is based in Richmond, VA and is being announced at this weekend's US Speedskating spring board meeting in Bethlehem, PA.
Download the announcement here
In addition, the new program is seeking a Program Director. Download the position announcement here
Anyone who is interested or has questions should contact Steve Burton, Executive Director of Virginia Speedskating.
April 13, 2008
Short track in Seattle?
Seattle Times | Seattle could bid for short-track speedskating trials
Apolo Ohno, America's biggest short-track speedskating star, has won five Olympic medals and danced with the stars.
But there's one thing he hasn't done, remarkably: compete in his own hometown.
As Ohno's career winds down, that possibility is heating up. The Seattle Sports Commission is considering a bid to host short-track's Olympic trials or an international competition in 2009, before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
No decision is expected until summer. Formal bids will be accepted following speedskating's board of directors meeting in Bethlehem, Pa., that starts Friday.
Board members will not only decide dates for the trials, but are looking to make substantial changes to the format, changing a do-or-die competition where only the top point-getters earn Olympic team berths to one where the best racers can still make the team if misfortune — illness, injury, crashes or disqualifications — befall them at trials.