US Speedskating and Toyota announce the nomination of the 2022 US Olympic Long Track Team
by Brennan Smith
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 9, 2022
Contact: Brennan Smith
US Speedskating and Toyota announce the nomination of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Long Track Team
Milwaukee, Wisconsin – US Speedskating and Toyota announced today the nomination of 12 athletes to represent Team USA in Long Track Speed Skating at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, China. The team nomination was made at the conclusion of the 2022 U.S. Long Track Olympic Team Trails held January 5 through 9, 2022 at the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, Wis. The nominated athletes qualified over five days of exciting racing – featuring track records and personal bests over several distances.
The team nominations include Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018 Olympians Brittany Bowe and Joey Mantia. Bowe is the world record holder in the women’s 1000m distance and a 2018 bronze medalist. Mantia owns the world record in the men’s team pursuit event. Joining the Team USA Olympic veteran nominees is 17-year-old Olympic newcomer and wunderkind Jordan Stolz – who owns both the 500m and 1,000m men’s world junior records.
Erin Jackson – the No. 1 ranked women’s 500m skater in the world and 2018 Olympian - returns as part of Team USA’s sprint efforts. Bowe, who already had earned a spot in the women’s 1000m and 1500m events, relinquished her position in the women’s 500m event to Jackson to honor the latter’s strong World Cup season and give her a spot on the team.
“There’s no doubt in my mind that Erin has earned her spot over the first four World Cups,” Bowe said. “She is going into these Olympics as the number one 500-meter woman and she should start that race and have a chance to not just bring home a medal, but a gold one.”
Jackson was humbled and grateful to receive the honor from Bowe.
“This is just a big relief and it feels awesome to be able to do this with Britt. I’ve grown up with Britt, looking up to her since I was 10-years-old,” Jackson said. “She’s a phenomenal athlete and everyone sees that and now I’m just excited for the world to see what an amazing person she is.”
The 2022 USA Long Track Nominated Olympic Team is as follows:
19 | White Bear Lake, Minn.
33 | Ocala, Fla.
21 | Glen Ellyn, Ill.
21 | Park City, Utah
27| Flemington, NJ
29 | Ocala, Fla.
22 | Campton Hills, Ill.
25 | Oak Park, Ill.
32 | Crestview, Fla.
35 | Ocala, Fla.
17 | Kewaskum, Wis.
28 | St. Louis, Mo.
“US Speedskating is honored to nominate these 12 athletes to represent Team USA in Long Track Speed Skating in Beijing,” said Ted Morris, Executive Director of US Speedskating. “All of these athletes had outstanding performances under challenging circumstances at the Olympic Trials. They are ready and eager to represent Team USA at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.”
“On behalf of all Toyota employees and dealers, congratulations to the athletes nominated to the 2022 U.S. Olympic Long Track Team,” said Dedra DeLilli, group manager, sponsorship strategy, integration & activation, Toyota Motor North America. “As a proud partner of US Speedskating, it’s our honor to support such an exciting moment that these athletes have worked so hard for and we’ll be cheering them on as they represent Team USA at the Olympic Winter Games.”
Long Track Olympic competition is scheduled to begin in Beijing on February 5 and conclude on February 19 at the National Speed Skating Oval.
The U.S. Short Track Olympic Team was nominated December 19 after the Short Track Olympic Team Trials in Salt Lake City. That team features: Kristen Santos (Fairfield, Conn.), Maame Biney (Reston, Va.), Corinne Stoddard (Tacoma, Wash.), Julie Letai (Medfield, Mass.), Eunice Lee (Bellevue, Wash.), Ryan Pivirotto (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Andrew Heo (Warrington, Penn.)
All selections to the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee.
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