Olympics: Team USA disqualified from mixed short track relay

February 5, 2022

As the United States continues to chase its first medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics, an unfortunate break went against the Americans in Saturday night’s mixed team short track speedskating relay.

Team USA was competing for one of four spots in the speedskating final and appeared to have clinched it, finishing second in the semifinal heat behind Hungary but ahead of China. China’s third-place result in the semifinal heat would have knocked the team out of the final, which would have been a monumental upset as the Chinese team was favored to finish atop the podium.

After it appeared that the United States made its way into the final, an official review revealed a blocking infraction against the Americans, disqualifying them from the final. China, which originally finished third in the heat, moved up to second and advanced to the final.