Thursday, January 10, 2019

SLCC Student, Speedskater Takes First at U.S. Short Track Championships


Kristen Santos

Salt Lake Community College student Kristen Santos, a member of U.S. Speedskating’s Olympic Short Track Team, captured a national title at the U.S. Short Track Championship in the 1,500-meter event held Jan. 5, 2019 at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. Santos, who took third place in the 500-meter race, is vying for a spot on the final World Cup team of the season, which ends in March.

“In the 1,500, I actually didn’t feel that great,” Kristen Santos said on the Team USA website. “I won, which was great, but I felt really sluggish. Obviously, I’m really happy that I won. I was glad I decided to go up front early.”

Kristen Santos practices at the Utah Olympic Oval

Santos was also part of the winning mixed relay team that included fellow SLCC student Danielle Amos. Aaron Heo, also an SLCC student, placed third in the 1,500 men’s event.

A group of short- and long-track speedskaters are attending SLCC in partnership with U.S. Speedskating under an agreement that waives tuition for a small group of athletes, training to make the U.S. team for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Read more about the partnership here.

Danielle Amos

Members of the U.S. Speedskating team attending SLCC