Corinne Stoddard Scores Her First Individual World Cup Short Track Speedskating Medal

by Bob Reinert

Corinne Stoddard skates in the women's 1500-meter quarterfinals during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Feb. 16, 2022 in Beijing.


Short track speedskater Corinne Stoddard, 21, earned her first world cup individual medal Saturday in Almaty, Kazakhstan.


Stoddard, a 2022 Olympian from Tacoma, Washington, skated to a bronze medal in the women’s 1,000-meter final with a time of 1 minute, 33.025 seconds. She finished behind Canada’s Courtney Sarault (1:32.671) and Shim Suk-hee of South Korea (1:32.770). It was Stoddard’s third career world cup medal overall.


“It makes me really happy,” Stoddard said. “It’s my first individual medal. I’m excited for the future and what’s to come.”


Stoddard, who began her career as an inline skater, is now fourth in the women’s world cup rankings in the 1,000.


Olympian Kristen Santos-Griswold also won a bronze medal, finishing third Sunday in the women’s 500 with a time of 43.254 seconds. Kim Boutin of Canada won the race in 43.020 seconds, followed by silver medalist Suzanne Schulting of the Netherlands (43.115).


Santos-Griswold qualified for the final by winning her semifinal heat race in 43.525 seconds.


In the women’s 1,500 meters Saturday, Santos-Griswold just missed another podium finish when she placed fourth in 2:26.419. That was .043 seconds behind Kim Gilli of South Korea, who took the bronze.


Santos-Griswold has collected five bronze medals in the season’s first three events. The Fairfield, Connecticut, native is ranked sixth overall in the world cup standings. She is sixth in the 500 and seventh in the 1,500.


The world cup tour remains in Almaty for its next competition Dec. 16-18.

Bob Reinert spent 17 years writing sports for The Boston Globe. He also served as a sports information director at Saint Anselm College and Phillips Exeter Academy. He is a contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.
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