Stoddard Posts Career-Best Fifth-Place Finish At Short Track World Championships
by Paul D. Bowker
Corinne Stoddard capped off a memorable season with a strong finish at the ISU World Short Track Championships over the weekend in South Korea. Stoddard, a 2022 Olympian, had a career-best fifth-place finish in the Women’s 500m and made the A Final in two races in Seoul.
Stoddard and Olympic teammate Kristen Santos-Griswold were the only U.S. skaters to reach an A Final at the World Championships. Santos-Griswold and Stoddard finished sixth and seventh, respectively, in the Women’s 1500m final Saturday. Both skaters also teamed up with Maame Biney and Julie Letai for an eighth-place finish in the Women’s 3000m Relay, equaling their finish at the Olympic Games Beijing 2022.
Stoddard shined in the 500m. She won her quarterfinal heat, finished third in the semifinals and then had a time of 43.386 in the final for a fifth-place finish, missing her first World Championships medal by less than a second. She had previously won a Silver and Bronze medal at the Junior World Championships.
The World Championships finished a season in which Stoddard won her first World Cup individual medal, a Bronze at 1000m, to go along with two relay medals.
Santos-Griswold, who medaled at every World Cup stop this season and tied for fourth place in the overall World Cup rankings, placed sixth in the 1500m with a time of 2:31.933, missing a medal by .358 seconds. It was her best finish at that distance in a World Championships. Stoddard finished one spot behind her in 2:32.042.
Santos-Griswold and Stoddard finished third and fourth, respectively, in their 1000m quarterfinal but failed to qualify for the semifinals.
Two-time Olympian Biney, Letai, Santos-Griswold and Stoddard finished third in their quarterfinal and semifinal heats of the 3000m Relay, then finished fourth in the B Final with a time of 4:27.485.
Brandon Kim made the Men’s 1500m B Final after a third-place finish in the quarterfinals and a fifth-place finish in the semifinals. He wound up 15th.
Clayton DeClemente was second in his 1500m quarterfinal heat but was unable to advance past the semifinals. He also finished third in his quarterfinal heat of the 1000m but did not advance.
Marcus Howard and Kim teamed up with Letai and Santos-Griswold for a seventh-place finish in the Mixed Team Relay. They were third in the B Final with a time of 2:41.472.
DeClemente, Andrew Heo, Howard and Kim did not advance past the quarterfinals in the Men’s 5000m Relay.