Crash propels Jeff Simon to short track victory

December 30, 2010

By Amy Donaldson, Deseret News
Published: Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010 11:45 p.m. MST

To see more photos and articles, go here:
http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700093309/Crash-propels-Jeff-Simon-to-short-track-victory.html?pg=1

Jeff Simon skates past Simon Cho from the outside in the Men’s 1000 meter event for the 2010 U.S. Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Sunday. (Mike Terry, Deseret News)

KEARNS — Simon Cho was 70 points ahead going into the final race of the U.S. Championships Sunday afternoon.

And then, as it often does in short track speed skating, a mistake by one athlete cost him the race. Ryan Bedford, who was disqualified after the race, caused a collision between himself and two other competitors. Jeff Simon narrowly avoided the crash that sent two skaters into the pads, but Cho fell because of it.
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After pulling away from the pack, Katherine Reutter skates alone in the women’s 3000 meter event at the 2010 U.S. Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns on Sunday.
Mike Terry, Deseret News

“It happens in short track,” Cho said with a shrug. “The real battle was between me and Jeff.”

So Cho’s plan was to watch Simon and plan his strategy around Simon’s moves. And then the collision happened right in front of him, causing him to wreck as well.

“There was a split second where I thought I had cleared it,” said Cho, who made the World Cup team and finished second behind Simon in the standings. “But unfortunately, three guys fall in front of you, there is not much room to maneuver.”

For Simon his first National Championship was sweeter after a disappointing — and painful — year. He narrowly missed making the 2010 Olympic Team and then he broke his back when another skater pushed him and he crashed into the wall surrounding the ice.

“I honestly just wanted to get those points,” he said of the final race in which Cho crashed, the 3,000-meter race. Simon finished fourth, while Cho was seventh. He felt for Cho getting tangled in the crash, but knew all he had to do was stay on his feet to earn the U.S. title.

“I just had to finish,” he said. “Now I just want to continue this momentum. I’m very pleased, very happy.”

To be the national champion after 11 weeks in a back brace and missing out on three months of training is just the kind of vindication Simon was hoping for this weekend.

“I’m exhausted from racing,” he said, “from pushing my body to its limit. I had to dig pretty deep.”

Simon and Cho are friends off the ice and said they enjoyed battling it out physically and intellectually.

“You only get smart by playing smarter,” said Simon. Cho was happy to see Simon win the title after a tough year, and took the fall in stride.

“I felt like I was at the top of my game,” he said. “It all came down to that last race. Falls like that happen all the time in short track. Every athlete just has to take it in stride.”

On the women’s side, Katherine Reutter continued her dominance with a win in both the 1,000-meter race and 3,000-meter contest. She put on a show in the 3,000-meter race when she took off nine laps into the race and eventually lapped the pack. She hung near the back of the group for the remainder of the race, finishing a full lap ahead of second place.


Jonathan Garcia skates to a first place finish in the men’s 3000 meter event in the 2010 U.S. Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearnon Sunday. (Mike Terry, Deseret News)

Watch the Men’s 3000m wild ride here on Tony Chung’s shorttrackhd: (and don’t forget to donate!)
http://www.shorttrackhd.com/USChamps3kA.html

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US Short Track Speedskating Championships 2010

December 20, 2010

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Sunday’s Results

Congratulations to both Jeff Simon and Katherine Reutter on winning the National Title. You Rock!

Congrats to Sarah Chen and Jonathan Garcia for making the National Team for the first time. (my understanding is that the 5th spot is discretionary on the part of the coaches)

Congrats to the other skaters that made the National Team:
Simon Cho, Travis Jayner, Anthony Lobello, Lana Gehring, Jessica Smith and Emily Scott.

Quick recoveries to Aly Dudek and Landon Hatfield. (Landon, that was mighty scary. Glad you’re OK)

OVERALL STANDINGS

LADIES

Katherine Reutter
Lana Gehring
Jessica Smith
Emily Scott
Sarah Chen

Alyson Dudek
Allison Baver
Morgan Izykowski
Kimberly Derrick
Cherise Wilkins
Katherine Ralston
Brittany Salmon
Tamara Frederick
Rachel Skrocki
Kendal Pumphrey
Erin Bartlett

MEN

Jeff Simon
Simon Cho
Travis Jayner
Anthony Lobello
Jonathan Garcia

Kyle Carr
Kyle Uyehara
Ryan Bedford
John Henry Krueger
Robert Lawrence
Levi Kirkpatrick
Chris Creveling
Cole Krueger
Adam Callister
James Rodowsky
Micheal Burdekin

LADIES 1000M A FINAL

1 220 Katherine Reutter 1:33.350
2 204 Lana Gehring 1:33.464
3 216 Jessica Smith 1:33.542
4 218 Emily Scott 1:33.746

MEN’S 1000M A FINAL

1 300 Jeff Simon 1:26.688
2 297 Simon Cho 1:26.998
3 248 Jonathan Garcia 1:28.924
PEN 241 Travis Jayner

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The men’s 3000m was a wild ride, and if I could find results anywhere for either the ladies or men, I’d post ’em. Kyle Carr, Simon Cho, Travis Jayner and Ryan Bedford all took a tumble, leaving the door open for Anthony Lobello and two other skaters (Jonathan Garcia and Kyle Uyehara perhaps?)

This apparently isn’t for points, but it would be nice to give the skaters who did this grueling long distance race their due.

Just sayin’…

For more results, go here to the USS site:
http://usspeedskating.org/

Anyway…Congrats to all the skaters wherever they placed. Watching you skate is always a thrill. Safe travels to all, and to all, a Happy Holiday Season with your family and friends.


U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships 2010

December 19, 2010

For helmet numbers so you can figure out who you’re watching in each race, go to USS link here:

http://www.usspeedskating.org/pdf/results/129262120123002_Mens1000TimeTrial.pdf

These are the standings as of Saturday night.

LADIES 1500M A FINAL

1 220 Katherine Reutter 2:24.601
2 204 Lana Gehring 2:25.607
3 218 Emily Scott 2:25.683
4 216 Jessica Smith 2:25.701
5 223 Alyson Dudek 2:25.859
6 257 Allison Baver 2:26.525

MEN’S 1500M A FINAL

1 300 Jeff Simon 2:26.685
2 297 Simon Cho 2:26.793
3 241 Travis Jayner 2:27.391
4 291 Anthony Lobello 2:27.413
5 237 Kyle Carr 2:35.859
6 292 Kyle Uyehara 2:51.289

To see how all the skaters fared during each round, go here on US Speedskating’s site:
http://www.usspeedskating.org/pdf/results/129272257721609_1500MeterResults.pdf

LADIES 500M A FINAL

1 216 Jessica Smith 44.311
2 196 Sarah Chen 44.825
3 220 Katherine Reutter 54.749
DNF 223 Alyson Dudek

Congrats to Jessica Smith, Wow! to Sarah Chen, Oops for Katherine Reutter and Ouch for Alyson Dudek.

Aly suffered a horrible fall and it looked like she had a very ‘Close Encounter of the Sharp Kind’ with Katherine’s blade, which sent her a tumbling down too. Rumor has it Aly dislocated her shoulder….which is why she didn’t finish.
Hope all is well, Aly.

MEN’S 500M A FINAL

1 297 Simon Cho 41.731
2 300 Jeff Simon 41.809
3 237 Kyle Carr 41.879
4 242 Ryan Bedford 41.993

Congrats to all.

To see how all the skaters did in the 500m rounds, go here to US Speedskating’s site:
http://www.usspeedskating.org/pdf/results/129273192622936_500MeterResults.pdf

For more info, go to U.S. Speedskatings results page:

http://www.usspeedskating.org/

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Racing starts again on Sunday at 10am Mountain Time

Scroll down to Friday’s post for all the links to Tony Chung’s live feed and follow along on the spreadsheet. (And he takes donations )




Better Late Than Never…

October 6, 2010

Sorry guys, I was moving during last weekends American Cup 1 Competition and couldn’t go near my computer for days. =(

Rather than be redundant, (and quite honestly, I still have a ways to go on the moving front to get organized) I’ll just direct you to the relevant thread on the Boots and Blades forum for all the information.

AND… Congrats to all the skaters who made the World Cup team!

http://therockerforum.proboards.com/index.cgi?board=trips&action=display&thread=529&page=3

U.S. Short Track Speed Skating American Cup Results
The Associated Press,
Published: 08:05 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010
http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/sports/article/U-S-Short-Track-Speed-Skating-American-Cup-686029.php


A star-spangled ‘do turns heads at the Olympic oval

February 24, 2010

AP Photo/Matt Dunham

The American flag is seen in USA’s Ryan Bedford’s hair prior to the start of the men’s 10,000 meters race at the Richmond Olympic Oval at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Read all about it and see more photos of Ryan Bedford’s wild and crasy ‘do’ here:
http://wintergames.ap.org/story.aspx?st=id&id=35ae2c87d9d349908f361f327cdb39a6

and here:
http://www.facebook.com/apwintergames#!/notes/ap-winter-games/a-star-spangled-do-turns-heads-at-the-olympic-oval/322419729234


Travis Jayner

February 9, 2010

Jordan Malone, Ryan Bedford, Alyson Dudek and Travis Jayner

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News from Midland Speedskating Club:

Travis Jayner was voted Team Captain for the Olympic Short Track Team. Congrats to Travis. Go USA.

Lots of posts and photos from Midland’s blog, especially on Ryan Bedford and Travis Jayner. Go here to read more:Midland Speed Skating Club


They’re On Their Way….

February 5, 2010

Photo by Cory Genovese

Photo by Cory Genovese (Cory loaded this wonderful photo on The Rocker Fund FB fanpage, and I’ve been saving it for just this occasion.) .

I could fill up each individual skaters FB pages with well wishes and such, but I decided just to do it here.

Safe Travels, Godspeed and Good Luck to Team USA Short Track Olympic Team and the Skaters competing in American Cup III. You all inspire us everyday, and we’re so proud of all of you. Thank you for sharing this very special time in your lives with all of us. It’s been a priviledge and an honor.


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THERE’S TOO MUCH INFO!…AND I CAN’T KEEP UP!!!

I sit here once again trying to clear out yet more google alerts, cool photos and posting all this good stuff in the time left waiting for Grey’s Anatomy. (Actually, it’s a desperate attempt to kick my ‘sugar habit’ and keep myself busy so I don’t run out and get something naughty to eat. And you just thought I had no life…) When one of you athletes can come up with a way to bottle up all that will power you’ve got, just let me know. I’ll be the first to buy a bottle.

But I digress….moving on…

Go to the Boots and Blades Forum for a wonderful video montage on Simon Cho made by a fan, a couple AWESOME articles on Shani Davis. (Finally, some NICE press for a change). An interesting article on Katherine Reutter and Pictures of Ryan Bedford in Midland, who also has started a blog site and photos from the ST Olympic sendoff party…and much, much more…

Boots & Blades Forum

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Some recent photos of practice

Jonathan Garcia was nice enough to share some of these photos of a recent practice (although someone else must have taken them, since Jonathan is IN them! LOL)

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Garcia

Apolo Anton Ohno and Jonathan Garcia take a moment. Tomorrow Apolo is on his way to Vancouver, Jonathan is on his way to American Cup III in Virginia. Safe travels and the best of luck to all.

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Photo courtesy of Jonathan Garcia


Travis Jayner in the lead. Jeff Simon (hiding behind Travis), Apolo, Jonathan Garcia and Katherine Reutter

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Photos courtesy of Jonathan Garcia