Speedskating: Gabriella Hachem of North Potomac and Laurel's Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton) are among the 23 athletes announced by US Speedskating for the 2017-18 national training program. Both compete in short track. This is Hachem's first year in the program. The group, which features seven Olympians, will train for Team USA berths at the Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang. During the 2016-17 speed skating season, U.S. athletes collected 32 international medals, including five world championship medals. In addition, of the 23 athletes on this year's roster, 16 of them were named to a senior or junior world championship team last season. The Olympic skating season begins in Kearns, Utah, at the Utah Olympic Oval on Aug. 19-20 with the men and women's Short Track World Cup Team Qualifier. The Long Track World Cup Team Qualifier will also be at the Utah Olympic Oval on Oct. 11-15.