Thomas Insuk Hong was born to skate — almost literally.
Hang Jung Hong was pregnant and watching her 6-year-old daughter, Stephanie, learn speedskating at a rink in Seoul, South Korea. Her water broke, and she barely made it to a nearby hospital to deliver Thomas.
Thomas Hong, who immigrated to Maryland with his mother, sister and grandmother when he was 4, said he has always been intrigued by skating.
"I never did it back in Korea, but I was a baby and would want to put on [Stephanie's] skates," the 18-year-old recalled recently. "I remember that I really liked it when I was younger because, as a toddler boy, I just liked to go fast, and we go...