Biggest Takeaways from the US Speed Skating Trials

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Biggest Takeaways from the US Speed Skating Trials
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After almost a week of intense competition and engaging storylines, U.S. speedskating has settled on its 25 skaters who will comprise the American short-track and long-track teams in next month’s Sochi Olympics.

The U.S. long-track and short-track trials, which got underway December 27 and concluded on Sunday evening, reintroduced talented veterans seeking additional Olympic glory, emerging stars looking to carve their own place in the critical Winter Olympics sport and a few surprises that should make for an interesting competition in Russia.

Additionally, with the announcement of the team, U.S. speedskating looks to move beyond months of controversy and infighting among its short-oval squad and the retirement of the sport’s most popular skater and return the focus to continuing its historically strong showing in the Winter Games.

With the team now a reality, we look at the biggest developments and performances from the trials and look ahead to what promises to be a successful U.S. squad at the Sochi Olympics.

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