The American Dream Short Track Competition - A Great Success
by US Speedskating
The American Dream Short Track Championships took place on January 14-15th, 2023 at the Rink at American Dream Mall in East Rutherford, NJ.
The competition had 100 athletes from 11 clubs in 11 states and D.C.! The meet was Directed by Tony Liu and Linlin Sun. The competition had a few standout moments, including an exhibition mixed relay and a special intro to Linlin, Olympic Gold medalist, and Justin Liu, who represented Team USA at the 2023 Jr World Championships and 2023 Fall World Cup Team.
The award ceremony took place on the Dream Stage and included a parade by each team. The meet director, Tony Liu, emphasizes the importance of promoting the sport of speed skating to a wider audience. The top three high-performance teams were PSC, Bay State and Garden State, with PSC winning the American Dream Team Trophy. This was a brand new venue to feature a short track competition, helping gain exposure to the sport and growing its fan base!
“We were honored to host US Speedskating in a first ever event here,” said the Rink Manager Rob Ruszala. “We hope to collaborate with you and your team in an attempt to stage this event on a larger scale in the future!”
American Dream is a large mixed-use development located in East Rutherford, NJ that includes entertainment, retail and dining. The complex also includes the Rink at American Dream Mall, home of Garden State Speedskating. The American Dream Short Track Championships will include skaters under 12 years old in the Ability Division, as well as skaters over 12 who do not meet the NEST qualifying standard.
“I hope to continue to have competitions at American Dream and even have Nationals hosted there,” said Linlin. “That will be exciting for the spectators and bring more exposure to our sport. Thank you American Dream for being an awesome venue.”
Thank you to all of the staff, volunteers, coaches and officials who made the competition a success!