When short-track speedskater Thomas Hong earned his spot at the Olympics on Sunday afternoon, he also received a trip home.
Competing in Pyeongchang will be a homecoming for Hong, an Atholton graduate and University of Maryland student. The 20-year-old was born in Seoul, and was nearly born in an ice rink. Hong’s mother, Hang Jung Hong, went into labor while watching her then-6-year-old daughter, Stephanie, learn to skate in Seoul.
Thomas Hong and his family moved to the United States when he was 5, but he secured his return to South Korea this weekend with strong performances at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
“I’m tremendously excited [to be competing in Korea],” Hong...