Winter sports: Utah Olympic Oval to host 2017 U.S. Olympic short-track qualifiers in December

First Published      Last Updated Feb 28 2017 10:47 pm

Winter sports » They will be held in December at the Oval in Kearns.

The Utah Olympic Oval will determine which athletes will don the Stars & Stripes in next year's various short-track speedskating events at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

U.S. Speedskating announced Tuesday that the 2017 U.S. short-track speedskating Olympic team trials will be held Dec. 15 to 17 at the Oval in Kearns. The U.S. will send a maximum of 12 athletes as part of the short-track Olympic squad — six men and women pending the approval of the United States Olympic Committee. Short-track athletes are scheduled to compete in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters.

"The Utah Olympic Oval is a world-class facility that has hosted many successful international competitions, and we are very excited to bring back the U.S. Olympic Trials to a venue that has such rich history within the Olympic Winter Games," Ted Morris, executive director for U.S. Speedskating, said in a release. "The venue is the perfect setting for a phenomenal trials and 2018 U.S. Olympic Team selection. We know that the great Olympic sports fans in Utah will come out and support all of our athletes fighting for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in Pyeongchang."

The Oval, constructed for the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, has remained a constant staple of various international competitions the past two decades. More than 100 world records have been set on the ice, and it hosted the most recent U.S. Olympic team trials in 2014 for long-track and short-track speedskating ahead of the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia.