Landon G. Hatfield Competing in US Short Track Speed Skating Trials
Albemarle High School alum Landon G. Hatfield will be going up against some of the best speed skaters in the world Thursday, as the 2009 AHS grad competes in the US Olympic Short Track Trials in Salt Lake City.
Hatfield will be competing in the national trials for the second time.
He finished 21st leading up to the Vancouver Olympics in 2010.
Hatfield moved to Salt Lake City to train in 2011, and says his experience from the pervious short track trials should be a big help Thursday.
"I'm very relaxed," says Hatfield. "I'm not nervous. I'm just going to go out there and give it my best. Whatever happens, happens. I'm not going to be distraught or disappointed if things don't go my way. I really have no stress going into it tomorrow."
Hatfield will be one of about thirty skaters participating, with the top five making the Olympic Team.
The races are 500 meters, one-thousand meters, and 1,500 meters, and spread over the next four days in Salt Lake City.
Hatfield is currently ranked 17th overall in the National Rankings.
He's battling an ankle injury heading into Thursday's competition, but says in the unpredictable world of short track, anything is possible.
"Short track is pretty up in the air," says Hatfield. "There's always going to be those one or two that are going to make it through, but things happen. People get jostled, and hit, so you never know what exactly the outcome is going to be."
Hatfield began speed skating in Charlottesville when he was just eleven years old.
Fri., January 3
Men's & Women's 1500m
Sat., January 4
Men's & Women's 500m
Sun., January 5
Men's & Women's 1000m
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