With all of the drama surrounding the current coaching abuse scandal in short track speedskating, it’s easy to overlook the fact that a very important competition is about to take place this weekend at the Utah Olympic Oval in Salt Lake City.
The 2012 US Single Distance Short Track Championships begin this Thursday the 24th. The top 26 women and 24 men in the country (according to the Order of Eligibility) will take part in hopes of qualifying for the 2012-13 fall world cup season which begins October 19th.
One of the top athletes competing is former inline world champion Jessica Smith. Smith was the US’s top-ranked world cup 500m (6th) skater last season and should be thrilling to watch in all the races this weekend.
The video above features Smith chatting about her career and hopes going into the next Olympic cycle and has some great clips of her racing.