Short Track Speed Skating athletes from around the world make the second stop of the 2016 World Cup competition in Utah
Kearns, UT (October 26, 2016) – In partnership with the International Skating Union (ISU), Utah Sports Commission, and US Speedskating, the Utah Olympic Oval will be hosting the World Cup Short Track Speed Skating competition on November 11, 12 and 13, 2016. Race officials anticipate a field of 180 international short track speed skating athletes representing up to 34 countries.
There are six World Cup competitions in the 2016-2017 season. The competition at Utah Olympic Oval is the second of the series followed by stops in Shanghai, China; Gangneung, Republic of Korea; Dresden, Germany; and Minsk, Belarus. The last time Utah hosted a Short Track World Cup event was in 2014.
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“We are thrilled to have the ISU World Cup Short Track Speed Skating back at the Utah Olympic Oval,” said Ted Morris, Executive Director of US Speedskating. “The Utah community has always supported short track speed skating, making the Oval the perfect place to showcase the sport. We know the fans will come out and see the world’s top skaters competing on the Fastest Ice on Earth.”
The ISU adopted short track speed skating in 1967 and officially started short track competitions in 1976. Short track became an official winter Olympic sport in 1992 and features men and women divisions competing in the following events: 500 meter, 1000 meter, 1500 meter and relays, 5000 meter for men and 3000 meter for women.
Different from long track speed skating where athletes compete in pairs, short track features a mass start with up to six skaters and high-paced, high-contact skating action. The competition takes place on an international-sized ice hockey rink measuring 60 meters by 30 meters.
Friday, November 11: Qualifying Round (Doors at 9 a.m.; Trials 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. MST)
Saturday, November 12: Competition Round (Doors at 5 p.m.; Racing 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. MST)
Sunday, November 13: Competition Round (Doors at 1 p.m.; Racing 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. MST)
General admission tickets will be available starting October 8, 2016 at UtahOlympicLegacy.org and at the Utah Olympic Oval, located at 5662 South Cougar Lane in Kearns. Children ages 2 and under are free.
Daily Ticket Pricing:
Friday, November 11: General Admission $3
Saturday, November 12: Adults $10; Kids (3 to 12) and Seniors (65+) $3
Sunday, November 13: Adults $10; Kids (3 to 12) and Seniors (65+) $3
Weekend Family Pass Pricing:
2 Adults and 2 Children $40*
*Additional Adults or Children $5 each
Spectators will be invited to participate in the community festival on Saturday and Sunday held inside the Oval arena. Doors will open at 5 p.m. MST on Saturday and 1 p.m. MST Sunday with community festival activities commencing an hour before the competition starts. Family-friendly activities include sport-themed booths where guests can try out winter sports and bounce houses as well as food and beverage offerings. The community festival is held in partnership with the Kearns Community Council with additional support by Salt Lake County.
“We are proud to partner with US Speedskating and the Utah Olympic Oval to host World Cup Short Track,” said Utah Sports Commission president & CEO Jeff Robbins. “This event positions Utah as a leader in the national and international sports community and is a vital part of the state’s Olympic legacy efforts.”
“The Utah Olympic Oval and Kearns community are excited to host the world for this second short track World Cup of the season,” said Todd Porter, Utah Olympic Oval General Manager. “We look forward to a great competition in this amazing venue.”
Home to the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth,’ the Olympic Oval has set over 81 world records since 2002. For more information on this event, race schedules, and to purchase tickets, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org.
About Utah Olympic Oval
Built in 2001 just in time for the Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Winter Games, Utah Olympic Oval is located in the community of Kearns, just 16 miles west of Salt Lake City, Utah. The five‐acre venue houses Utah’s only 400‐meter speed skating oval and two international‐sized ice sheets as well as a state‐of‐the‐art four‐lane 442‐meter running track. Today, Utah Olympic Oval is a dynamic multi‐use facility focused on developing and growing participation in ice sports in the state of Utah. Designated an official U.S.Olympic Training Site by the United States Olympic Committee, the venue is headquarters for U.S. Speedskating, ensuring a legacy of continued growth and international success for the sport. With 10 Olympic records and eight world records, the venue stands uncontested as the ‘Fastest Ice on Earth.’ For more information about the venue, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org or call 801‐968‐6825.
About Utah Sports Commission The Utah Sports Commission, a not-for-profit 501c6 business league and Utah Sports Commission Foundation, a not-for-profit 501c3 charitable organization, is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees consisting of statewide sports, business, community, and government leaders. The Sports Commission was created to be a catalyst for Utah in its Olympic legacy efforts and to help enhance Utah’s economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion and development of national and international sports. The Sports Commission works closely with communities, sports entities, and organizations to provide event services ranging from the bid process, on-site logistics, volunteer coordination, sponsorships and promotional opportunities and other related services. For more information, visit www.utahsportscommission.com
About US Speedskating
From Pond to Podium, we are US Speedskating. We grow and nurture a sport where all ages can experience the thrill of speed and the camaraderie of the skating community. US Speedskating is responsible for the development of speed skating from grassroots to the highest elite racing programs. US Speedskating is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union as the governing body for the sport of speed skating in the United States. The Organization has won 86 Olympic medals to-date, making it one of the most successful sports in U.S. Olympic history. US Speedskating is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, on Facebook and at www.usspeedskating.org.