Jessica Smith finished her speedskating season last weekend in Montreal, Canada with an impressive performance. Jessica took silver in the 3,000 at the Short Track Speedskating World Championships and finished fifth in the overall. Jessica also set new American records in the 500 and 3,000 distances with her performance over the weekend.
The Salt Lake International Speedskating Team would like to wish our skaters the best of luck this weekend as they compete in the Junior World Speedskating Championships.
Competing on the US Junior Short Track Team in Turkey are –
John-Henry Krueger, Ryan Pivirotto, and Kimmi Goetz
Competing on the US Junior Long Track Team in Norway is –
Congratulations to SLI Long Track skater, Andrew Astalos, who earned a spot on the US Junior Long Track Speedskating Team. Andrew earned his place on the team last weekend where he was crowned the Overall Sprint Champion of the US Junior Long Track Speedskating Championships held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Andrew will compete in the 500, 1000, 1500 meter distances as well as the team pursuit at the World Junior Long Track Speedskating Championships in Norway early next month.
SLI skater Jae Jae Yoo also participated in the Junior Championships, his first ever Long Track Speedskating competition. Jae Jae had a very strong showing and finished in the top 10 of every distance he skated.
SLI skater Nate Frazier headed home to Michigan for the weekend and won the State Championship for Short Track Speedskating in his age division.
Finally, SLI skater, Jessica Smith will compete in her final event of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia this weekend. It was great to see Jessica walk with Team USA at the opening ceremonies of the games. Jessica’s final event will be the 1000 meters this Friday.
Salt Lake International Speedskating skaters Kimi Goetz and John-Henry Krueger are your 2014 US Junior Short Track Speedskating Champions. Both Kimi and John-Henry skated great and will go on to represent the United States at the Junior World Championships in Erzurum, Turkey in early March. Ryan Pivirotto finished fourth and will join Kimi and John-Henry on the US team after a strong showing. Jae Jae Yoo finished in fifth position and just missed making the US team, but had a great competition and will look forward to making the 2015 team.
In case you missed it, Jessica Smith was on NBC’s “Today Show” yesterday. Be sure to follow Jessica as the Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies begin tomorrow February 7 in Sochi, Russia.
American Cup 2 in Blaine, Minnesota was a golden weekend for SLI skaters. Newcomer Kimi Goetz battled a nasty cough but persevered, not only winning the gold, but securing a berth on the upcoming World Championship Team in only her third ever ice speedskating competition.
On the men’s side, SLI swept the podium, with John-Henry Krueger securing first, Keith Carroll second, and Cole Krueger third. In addition, SLI skater Ryan Pivirotto finished a strong 5th, Jae Jae Yoo 7th, and Nate Frazier 11th.
Most of team SLI is setting up shop in Milwaukee, preparing for this weekend’s US Junior Championships, where they will compete for berths on the US Junior World Team, which will represent the USA in Turkey later this season.
Jessica Smith, SLI skater and member of the 2014 US Olympic Team, has arrived safely in Germany, the first leg on the trip to Sochi. She is well and is looking forward to representing the USA.
The Salt Lake International Speedskating Team’s newest member, Andrew Astalos, participated in his first US Olympic Long Track Speedskating Trials on December 28 and 29th. Andrew participated in the 500 meter and 1,000 meter distances and did well, finishing in the top 15 in both 500-meter distances that he raced, and 25th in the 1,000-meter distance. Andrew now will look forward to the US Junior Long Track Speedskating Championships in Milwaukee in February. Andrew is the number one ranked Junior male in the US and hopes to make the 2014 US Junior Long Track Speedskating World Team that will compete in Norway in March.
After the Long Track Trials were finished, it was time for the rest of the SLI team to take on the US Olympic Short Track Speedskating Trials. The SLI team experienced both highs and lows as part of this competition. Possibly the biggest high was that of Jessica Smith’s dominant performance, winning the 500, 1,000, and 1,500 meter distances and securing the number one spot on the US Short Track Speedskating Olympic Team. The lowest moment of the competition must have been when it was discovered that, John-Henry Krueger was diagnosed with swine flu, causing him to miss day two of the three-day competition. Although JH rebounded on the final day of the competition, it was not enough to make the Olympic Team.
Below is how our athletes fared at the Short Track Trials.
Jessica Smith – Made the US Short Track Speedskating Olympic Team in dramatic fashion.
Kimi Goetz – Finished 5th. Kimi recently moved from in-line to ice speedskating earlier this year and is hoping to make the 2014 US Junior Short Track Speedskating World Team that will compete in Turkey in March.
Lana Gehring – Finished 6th. Lana was a bronze medal winner at the 2010 Olympic games and just missed this year’s team.
Tamara Frederick – Finished 15th. Tamara battled with recovering from a broken foot injury throughout the competition and her finish was not indicative of how good a skater she is.
Keith Carroll Jr – Finished 7th. Keith just missed making the five-man team, but was in the hunt the entire event. Keith now will look toward Am Cup 2 in Minnesota at the end of February in hopes of making the US team for the World Short Track Speedskating Championships in Canada in March.
Cole Krueger – Finished 9th. Cole’s high point of the weekend was finishing 3rd in the A final of the 1,000-meter distance. Cole now will look toward Am Cup 2 in Minnesota at the end of February in hopes of making the US team for the World Short Track Speedskating Championships in Canada in March.
John-Henry Krueger – Finished 10th.
Ryan Pivirotto – Finished 13th. Ryan showed that he is one of America’s top prospects for the future. Ryan now looks forward to competing at Am Cup 2 and is hoping to make the 2014 US Junior Short Track Speedskating World Team that will compete in Turkey in March.
Jae Kun Yoo – Although qualified to race in the competition by time, JJ is still waiting on becoming a US citizen and was restricted from competing. JJ should have his US citizenship later this month. JJ looks forward to competing at Am Cup 2 and is hoping to make the 2014 US Junior Short Track Speedskating World Team that will compete in Turkey in March.
Nate Frazier – Nate missed qualifying for the Trials by 0.02 seconds. Nate looks forward to competing at Am Cup 2 and is hoping to make the 2014 US Junior Short Track Speedskating World Team that will compete in Turkey in March.
Edward Cho – Edward is our team’s youngest member and was not age-eligible for the Olympic Trials. Edward is looking forward to competing at his first ever US Junior Short Track Speedskating Championships in Milwaukee in early February.
The Salt Lake International Speedskating Team would like to thank all of our sponsors and fans for their support throughout this season. It was great to see so many of our athletes compete on both NBC and the NBC Sports Network throughout the US Olympic Trials, and we look forward to seeing more televised events in the future and finishing on the podium for the rest of the events this season.
Be sure to follow the members of the Salt Lake International Speedskating Team as they compete in the US Short Track Speedskating Olympic Trials to become members of the US Olympic Team. Our skaters will be wearing our SLI Speedskating team colors at the event. Look for them in their black skin suits with purple arms and help cheer them onto victory! Set your DVR or watch the events live on the following dates.
Friday January 3 NBCSN 8pm Eastern
Saturday January 4 NBCSN 4pm Eastern
Sunday January 5 NBC 4pm Eastern
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Salt Lake International Speedskating Academy is an elite level training destination for speedskaters throughout the world that strives to ensure that its athletes reach their full potential in speedskating and life through mental and physical development. SLI athletes have accounted for 1 Olympic Medal, 8 World Championship Medals, 38 World Cup Medals, 10 National Championships, 2 American Records, and 7 American Cup Championships.
With all the top contenders for Olympic Gold in Sochi competing, SLI’s John-Henry Krueger claimed a Silver Medal in the 1500m at World Cup 3 in Torino, Italy on Saturday while competing for Team USA. With the second place finish, John-Henry is now the top ranked skater in the United States and the 5th ranked short track skater in the world in the 1500m.
This is the third individual World Cup medal for the 18-year-old high school student and Pittsburgh native. He has also claimed 3 Word Cup relay medals and 3 Junior World Championship medals in his young career.
John-Henry, along with SLI’s Jessica Smith, Lana Gehring and their Team USA teamates now head to Kolomna, Russia for the final World Cup of the season. This will be the last chance for skaters to compete internationally before the Olympics in February. Qualifying starts Thursday with the finals taking place Saturday and Sunday. You can catch all next weekend’s World Cup action from Russia on the Universal Sports television network.
Keith Carroll Jr. won the men’s overall portion of US Speedskating’s Am Cup 1 competition last weekend in Saratoga Springs, New York! Keith had a great weekend winning finals in the 1500 and 500 meter distances. In the last event of the weekend, the 1500 meter Super Final, SLI skaters swept the podium positions. Cole Krueger got the win, Keith took second, and Ryan Pivirotto finished third. The SLI team would like to also congratulate April Shin, the winner of the women’s overall competition. April spent the summer training with the SLI team as a guest skater.
SLI skaters, John Henry Krueger, Jessica Smith, and Lana Gehring will hit the ice tomorrow in Torino, Italy for the beginning of Samsung ISU Short Track World Cup #3. We wish them the best of luck not only this weekend, but also the following weekend as they travel to Kolomna, Russia for World Cup #4.