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 )




U.S. Championships, Day 1

December 19, 2010

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And…they’re off! Make sure to see Jerry Search’s photos from Day 1 Time Trials.

My information is that skating resumes at the Utah Olympic Oval today (Saturday) at 3p.m. Mountain Time…but don’t quote me on that.

Photo by Jerry Search


Kyle Uyehara skates his time trial at U.S. Short Track Speedskating Championships at the Utah Olympic Oval this weekend. (Photo by Jerry Search)

Here’s the link to Jerry’s Facebook photo album. Enjoy!
http://www.facebook.com/album.php?fbid=1607112690281&id=1010090725&aid=2077154&ref=notif&notif_t=photo_album_comment#!/photo.php?fbid=482415731480&set=a.432141656480.200672.540721480&pid=6385298&id=540721480


U.S. Championships

December 18, 2010

OK, once again, been remiss on updating.

Tony Chung is doing a live feed (OMG! Moving pictures! With sound and everything!!!)

Here is the link:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/shorttrackhd

PLUS: Skate times on a spreadsheet here!

https://spreadsheets.google.com/ccc?key=0Ag-mxbofHcsudFZqekVDTWQwcllESEFQZjdWa0s1dkE&hl=en&authkey=CLaUs-YO#gid=2

Skating Lineups:

http://www.shorttrackhd.com/USChamps2011MTT.PDF

For all the news on Team USA for World Cup 1,2 and 3, go to the Boots and Blades Forum. (Photos tend to be under the individual skaters who competed)

http://therockerforum.proboards.com/index.cgi


Travis Jayner – budding photographer

September 5, 2010

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…amongst many other things. Short Track Speedskater, Olympic Medalist, Gourmet Chef…

So, I know I’ve been seriously M.I.A. lately and horribly remiss in updating the blog. Real life is sucking up all my time: Looking for work, moving, writing for an online newspaper of sorts and trying to enjoy the last vestiges of summer here at Tahoe before it’s gone. (It’s been known to snow the day after labor day. As in “That’s it, baby! Summer’s over!!!”) But before it is, hopefully we’ll have a nice, long Indian Summer and a beautiful fall so that I can enjoy the following:

Photo used with permission by Travis Jayner, Olympic Bronze Medalist

Well, I have to admit, this photo just made me howl with laughter, and I thank Travis for not only the permission to use his photo, but for the much needed chuckle.

His caption? “Speaks for itself”…and so it does.
It not only is inspiring me to fix my bike (I love the bike trails at Tahoe in the fall. Summer, you’re fighting the crowds, but it’s a little known fact that bike riding and hiking here in the fall is glorious) but also it’s the inspiration for an article I’m writing for the online mag, so I’ll keep you posted on that.

But mostly, the runs on fat is not only funny, but SO true. In which case, I’ve decidedly got plenty of energy to spare.

Get on your bikes people!

And Thank You Travis for the photo.


Stride & Glide with Alyson Dudek

July 22, 2010

August 14, 2010
Participants of all ages are invited to run a fun 5k course with an Olympian. Following the run, runners can trade their running shoes for a pair of skates to participate in a learn-to speed skate clinic taught by US Speedskating Olympians and National Team members on the “Fastest Ice on Earth” at the Oval, site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.

For more info, go to US Speedskating’s site:

http://www.usspeedskating.org/stridenglide/


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