The ice at the Utah Olympic Oval will determine which athletes will don the Stars & Stripes in next year's various short-track speedskating events at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
U.S. Speedskating announced Tuesday that the 2017 U.S. short-track speedskating Olympic team trials will be held Dec. 15 to 17 at the Oval in Kearns. The U.S. will send a maximum of 12 athletes as part of the short-track Olympic squad six men and women pending the approval of the United States Olympic Committee. Short-track athletes are scheduled to compete in the 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters.
"The Utah Olympic Oval is a world-class facility that has hosted many successful international competitions, and we are very excited to bring back the U.S. Olympic Trials to a venue that has such rich history within the Olympic Winter Games," Ted Morris, executive director for U.S. Speedskating, said in a release. "The venue is the perfect setting for a phenomenal trials and 2018 U.S. Olympic Team selection. We know that the great Olympic sports fans in Utah will come out and support all of our athletes fighting for a spot on the U.S. team that will compete in PyeongChang."