Tomorrow Ryan and Sean McAnuff will begin racing in their final Audi ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup event of the season in Seoul, South Korea in what is the final stage of the 2018 Olympics qualifying process.
The brothers began their Olympic qualifying campaign late September in Budapest, Hungary and raced the following week in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Last week they were in Shanghai, China. This week they will race once more against athletes from 40 countries over three disciplines – 500 metres, 1000 metres and 1500 metres. Skaters will earn points for each distance they race at the four World Cups with their three best results counting towards their qualification ranking. The top ranked 32 skaters in the 500 and 1000 metres and 36 skaters in the 1500 metres will book their places in PyeongChang. A maximum total of 60 skaters across all distances will qualify for the Olympics.
In 2016, the brothers became the first Irish short track speed skaters to compete on the international circuit. Ryan represented Ireland at the 2017 European Championships in Italy and the 2017 World Championships in the Netherlands, while Sean flew the tricolour at the 2017 Junior World Championships in Austria all for the first time. During the summer of 2017, they moved from Canada to the Netherlands to train full-time with the Dutch national team.
You can follow the McAnuffs’ progress in South Korea via the Ice Skating Association of Ireland Facebook and Twitter accounts and, on 18 and 19 November, via the ISU Skating Channel.