Thomas Hong, 14, Wins 5th US National Speedskating Championship 2012.04.24 18:04
Laurel teen wins national speedskating championship
There's no way for 13-year-old Laurel resident Thomas Hong to prepare for everything that might happen in a short track speedskating competition.
To the average spectator the sport might seem mundane — a bunch of athletes skating in a circle over and over again — but short track races are incredibly unpredictable.
“Anything can happen in short track,” Hong said. “It's basically pack skating. If one person falls, the whole pack can go down with him.”
Therefore, Hong said, the key to being a successful short track speedskater is being able to quickly adjust to whatever happens.
He's become quite good at that.
Hong won his fifth national title at the 2012 U.S. National Age-Graded Club Speedskating Championships in Green Bay, Wisc., March 16-19.
Hong won gold in each of four distances — 500 meters, 777, 1,000 and 1,500 — to claim the overall championship in the Juvenile Men (age 14) division.
by Jennifer Beekman, Staff Writer
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