Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Australia’s two selected short track speed skaters will compete at Gangneung Ice Arena at PyeongChang 2018.
The world’s best 120 short track speed skaters will contest eight events in front of 12,000 enthralled spectators at the Gangnueng Olympic Park. Men and women will complete in the individual 500m, 1000m and 1500m events, plus a 3000m female team relay and 5000m male team relay.
Athletes to watch: One male and one female athlete has been selected to represent Australia at PyeongChang 2018.
Andy Jung will make his Olympic debut in the men’s 500m and 1500m distances in South Korea. The 20-year-old narrowly missed out on Sochi 2014 after he went head-to-head with his teammate and friend Pierre Boda in a tense ‘best of three’ skate-off, to which Boda won on the third skate. Korean-born Jung was determined to not let that opportunity slip through his fingers again, taking a clean sweep of the PyeongChang Olympic selection trials in Melbourne in December 2017.
Sochi Olympian Deanna Lockett will line up for her second Games experience in February in the 1000m and 1500m Short Track events. The 22-year-old won her first World Cup medal in October 2017 with 1500m bronze at the Budapest World Cup. The Queenslander secured her second Olympic Games after she finished the 2017/18 World Cup season ranked seventh in the 1500m and 19th in the 1000m, with the top 32 female skaters qualifying for the Games.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia has qualified 1 man and 1 woman in Short Track Speed Skating at PyeongChang 2018. Qualification was based on achieving quota places at 4 ISU sanctioned World Cup events which were finalised in early December 2017. For the full details on qualification click here>>>
For the full details on nomination to the Australian Olympic Winter Team click here>>>
Competition Format & Events
Races take place around an oval track (measuring 111.12m) designed to fit inside an average ice rink. The bends are tight and “short trackers” skate close together counter-clockwise jockeying for position and trying to cover any attempted breaks with the pack. The odd clash and tumble are inevitable so the walls are heavily padded.
At the Olympic Games there are eight short track speed skating events. Although the aim is still to be the first across the line, speed takes a second place to tactics, especially in the heats.
The individual 500m and 1000m events has 32 participants, and the 15000m events has 36. Races feature four skaters at a time in a mass start. For the 500m and 1000m there are heats, quarterfinals, semifinals and an A and B final. The A final determines the medals and the B final positions 5 -8. For the 1500m there are heats, three semifinals and an A and B final.
A ladies’ 3000m relay team or men’s 5000m relay team comprises four members plus a reserve who can substitute in any heat or final. In general, skaters contest one and a half laps apiece in the relay and take multiple turns on the ice in any order. Changeovers can occur anywhere on the course by touch or push. There are eight teams in the relays contesting two semifinals and the top two teams in each advance to the final.
Australia and Olympic Short Track Skating
Australia has a great record in short track speed skating. At Lillehammer 1994, Australia won its first Winter Olympic medal with a bronze in the 5000m relay. The quartet of Richard Nizielski, Steven Bradbury, Andrew Murtha and Kieran Hansen made history when they finished behind Italy and the United States in the final.
In 2002 in Salt Lake City, Bradbury at his fourth Games won Australia’s first Winter Olympic gold medal. In the 1000m the Queenslander took advantage of favourable circumstances. In the quarter and semi-finals, two competitors fell and the third was disqualified allowing him to sneak through to the final.
In the final, Bradbury dropped behind early and trailed the rest of the field by almost half a lap as they entered the last turn. A massive collision sent the other four finalists flying. As the only skater left standing, Bradbury crossed the finish line first and was awarded the gold medal.
Russian-born Tatiana Borodulina was Australia’s best performing skater at Vancouver 2010 although she fell short of the medals. She reached the B finals in both the 1000m and 1500m, with her best place being seventh in the 1000m.
Deanna Lockett was the best placed Australia short tracker at Sochi 2014, placing 9th in the women’s 1000m and 26th in the 1500m.
Pre-PyeongChang AUS Tally
5 (days 1, 4, 8, 11, 13)
Gangneung Ice Arena
- Medal Events
8 (8 gold, 8 silver, 8 bronze)
- Total Athletes
120 (60 men & 60 women)
Campaign comes to an end for Jung and Lockett 21 February 2018
Deanna Lockett and Andy Jung have completed their PyeongChang 2018 campaigns.
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Aussie-est quotes during the 2018 Winter Olympics 19 February 2018
It doesn't get much more Aussie than this!
Deanna Lockett out firing in 1500m 18 February 2018
Short Tracker Deanna Lockett had a blinding 1500m heat yesterday, but an unfortunate crash in the semi-final brought an end to her event. However the dual Olympian said it's helped prepare her for her next event, the 1000m
Lockett taking confidence from PyeongChang opener 18 February 2018
After making the 1500m semi-finals, Deanna Lockett is confident she can make it even further in her final event - the 1000m.
Aussies in action Day 1 11 February 2018
Catch up on all of the Aussies in action on day one at the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Jung reflects on crazy night at short track 11 February 2018
Andy Jung has discussed making his Olympic debut in what was an exciting night of short track.
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First athletes arrive in PyeongChang Athletes Village. 2 February 2018
Short track speed skaters Andy Jung and Deanna Lockett are the first 2018 Aussie Team members to arrive in the Gangneung Coastal Athlete Village.