O’Brien Awarded Milano Cortina Scholarship

Short track speed skater Liam O’Brien has been announced as one of just eight Irish athletes to receive a Milano Cortina 2026 Olympic Scholarship.

The scholarship is provided through the auspices of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Solidarity programme with the funding designed to off financial support to athletes who are targeting qualification for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.

“I am proud to be one of the eight Team Ireland winter athletes awarded the IOC scholarship,” O’Brien said. “This support helps me strive toward my goal in becoming Ireland’s first short track speed skating representative at the Olympics Winter Games in Milano Cortina 2026.”

“Liam was so close to achieving Olympic qualification for Beijing 2022 and he cruelly missed out by just one place,” ISAI President Seán Gillis. “He has turned that disappointment into motivation for Milano Cortina and this scholarship will enable to him to cross the finishing line this time and realise his dreams.”

Olympic Federation of Ireland Press Release