Katherine Reutter, racing competitively for the first time since retiring in 2013 at the age of 24, qualified for the 2016-17 Short Track Fall World Cup team.
“It’s really exciting to see the return of Katherine Reutter and have her showing everyone her ability to compete at a high level,” said women’s short track head coach Alex Izykowski to U.S. Speedskating.
Reutter, a two-time Olympic short track speed skating medalist, earned a roster spot by winning the 1000m and 1500m titles at the U.S. Speedskating Short Track World Cup Qualifier this past weekend.
“I had a ton of fun [on Saturday],” Reutter said. “It was great to get back out on the ice, back competing and back with some of the girls that I’ve known for years and years.
Three-time Olympic medalist J.R. Celski had a perfect weekend, winning four race events and all 15 of his race heats.
“Any coach would be pumped to have J.R. [Celski] on their team,” said men’s short track head coach Anthony Barthell. “Since he’s gotten older, he has grown more into the leadership role in terms of him being a vocal leader and not only a leader during training.”
Full 2016 Short Track Fall World Cup team for the first two ISU World Cups, which begins Nov. 4-6 in Calgary and continues Nov. 11-13 at the Utah Olympic Oval:
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