Kristen Santos wins short track practice and qualifies for the Olympics

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Kristen santos accomplished what she couldn’t four years ago, qualifying for the Olympics. Then, she will try to achieve what no American has done in 12 years: climb the Olympic short track grandstand.

Santos, who considered skipping the trials, won three of the first four events between Friday and Saturday to become the first man or woman to make the short track team for Beijing.

She did so four years after narrowly missing the roster when she competed in a cast after another skater’s blade sliced ​​off her hand and wrist weeks earlier.

She finished fourth overall at the 2018 Olympic Trials. Three women made this team.

The U.S. women’s team peaked at five this year, in part thanks to Santos’ international success this fall.

She has been on three World Cup podiums, including the first individual victory for an American in nine years. She is ranked second in the world in the 1000m and fourth in the 1500m. Santos is the only American man or woman ranked in the world top 10 anyway.

Last season, Santos placed fourth in the 500m at the watered-down world championships, narrowly missing America’s first medal at the world championships since 2014. In February, she has a chance to win the first Olympic medal. female individual for the United States since 2010.

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Others vying to make the Olympic squad on the final day of Sunday’s practice: Madame Biney, the single man or woman in the field of trials who participated in the Olympics. Biney is the only woman other than Santos to win the first two days, winning Saturday’s 1000m after Santos fell in the final.

On the men’s side, Ryan pivirotto, Brandon kim and Andrew Heo are fighting for two Olympic places. Pivirotto has two wins, and Kim and Heo each have one with two Sunday events remaining.

Pivirotto was part of the 2018 Olympic team in the relay group, but was not selected to compete in PyeongChang.

Kim, 20, is coached by Simon cho, a 2010 Olympic relay bronze medalist who was suspended in 2013 for bending an opponent’s skate blade, quit the sport and then returned to guide the Potomac Skating Club in the DC area.

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