Santos-Griswold Captures World Cup Silver In Battle Against Olympic Champ In Almaty
by Paul D. Bowker
Kristen Santos-Griswold captured her first Silver medal of the World Cup short track season Sunday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
And it was almost so much better than that. By about half a skate.
Santos-Griswold, a 2022 Olympian who leads the U.S. with six World Cup medals this season, chased down two-time defending Olympic Gold medalist Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands in the Women’s 1000m as they approached the finish line. Santos-Griswold stuck out her right skate as she hit the line, but the front half of Schulting’s skate was already there.
The margin was .022 seconds.
Santos-Griswold was the only U.S. skater to medal this past weekend in Almaty, but both she and Olympic teammate Corinne Stoddard had fourth-place finishes.
Santos-Griswold has reached the podium in all four World Cup stops this season, and she hits the holiday break in fourth place in the World Cup overall standings.
In addition to finishing second in the 1000m with a time of 1:30.615 seconds, Santos-Griswold finished fourth in the 1500m with a time of 2:44.351.
Stoddard, who won her first individual World Cup medal last week in Almaty with a third-place finish in the Women’s 1000m, came in fourth in the 500m on Friday, a race that was also won by Schulting. Stoddard finished in 43.481 seconds, missing the podium by just .061 seconds.
Stoddard and Santos-Griswold teamed up with Clayton DeClemente, Julie Letai and Daniel Yoon in the Mixed Team Relay. Following a second-place finish in the quarterfinals, in which Santos-Griswold and Stoddard were the women skaters, the U.S. eventually reached the B Final and finished second behind Canada. Letai replaced Santos-Griswold for the final race as the U.S. finished with a time of 2:42.828, less than a second behind the winners.
DeClemente made the quarterfinals in the Men’s 1500m but finished fourth and missed qualifying for the semifinals by just .025 seconds. He also had a fifth-place time in the 500m quarterfinals.
In addition to a fourth-place standing in the overall Women’s standings, Santos-Griswold enters the holiday break with a seventh-place ranking in the 1500m. Stoddard is fifth in the 1000m, ninth in the 500m and 13th in the overall standings.
Brandon Kim leads the U.S. men at No. 24 in the 500m rankings and No. 48 in the overall rankings.
The World Cup is off until February when the schedule resumes in Dresden, Germany, Feb. 3-5.