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8 octobre 2018

US trials / Am cup #1: Steenge and Hong victorious

Canada's Renee Steenge and USA's Thomas Hong won the Am cup #1 that was held in Salt Lake City, United States.

By Jackob Savard
Photo: Schaats Foto's

The 2018 United States’ national selection welcomed international skaters including big delegations from Canada and China. While the Americans were trying to qualify on the World Cup squad, skaters from other countries were looking to get some international experience.

The competition started with the 1500m event. The ladies’ A final was composed of skaters from the United States, Canada and China. Kristen Santos from the United States won the final just ahead of Canadian skaters Renee Steenge and Camille Blais.

Canada’s upcoming star Alexis Marceau won the men’s A final. Marceau’s teammate on the national development team Keegan Christ finished in second place. Adam Callister was the best American on the distance. Thomas Hong, one of the favorites, finished in fourth.

American speed skating futur star Maame Biney easily took the win in the ladies’ 500m. Chinese skater Lan Huang and American skater Corinne Stoddard completed the podium. Stoddard is also a solid inline speed skater and she took part in the 2018 World Championships in the Netherlands.

After a great path through the qualifying rounds, Canadian skater Mathieu Bernier took the victory in the men’s A final. He raced wisely, blocking Thomas Hong’s attacks. Hong finished in second position before his teammate Jonathan So who got bronze.

The ladies’ A final was composed of Hailey Choi, Renee Steenge, Camille Blais, Kexin Sun and Corinne Stoddard. Canada’s Renee Steenge took the lead right off the bat and kept her lead all race long. American Corinne Stoddard executed a great pass to take the second place but it was too late to challenge Steenge. Stoddard finished second and Hailey Choi took the third place.

American rising star Thomas Hong took the lead early in the race and set up a fast pace. Keegan Christ from Canada and Tommaso Dotti from Italia accelerated in the last two laps to pass the American. Christ crossed the line in first place while Dotti finished second and Hong third.

Renee Steenge from Canada and Thomas Hong from the USA won the ladies’ and men’s overall rankings. The full results are available HERE.

United States World Cup team
Maame Biney
Corinne Stoddard
Kristen Santos
Danielle Amos
Elizabeth Johnson
Jamie Jurak

Thomas Insuk Hong
Jonathan So
Aaron Tran
Adam Callister
Aaron Heo
Brandon Kim

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