COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The U.S. Olympic Committee today named skeleton athlete Noelle Pikus-Pace and skier Jeremy Bloom as its February Athletes of the Month. The USOC Team of the Month honor was awarded to the U.S. American Cup Gymnastics Team.
Speedskater Hyo-Jung Kim (Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed third in the women’s vote. The 16-year-old Kim earned the overall title at the U.S. National Short Track Championships, Feb. 24-27 in Milwaukee, Wis. She won every race (heats through finals) over four days of competition in the nine-lap time trial, four-lap time trial, 500m, 1000m, 1500m and 3000m. Earlier in the month, Kim finished seventh overall in her first season on the World Cup circuit.
1. Noelle Pikus-Pace 31 (8)
2. Katie Downing 26 (4)
3. Hyo-Jung Kim 22 (4)
Also receiving first place votes: Julia Mancuso (Skiing) and Cassie Johnson (Curling)
1. Jeremy Bloom 34 (7)
2. Apolo Anton Ohno 25 (3)
3. Shani Davis 17 (2)
Also receiving first place votes: Jack Skille (Ice Hockey), Patrick Harris (Field Hockey), Eric Bernotas (Skeleton) and Pete Fenson (Curling)
1. U.S. American Cup Gymnastics Team 35 (8)
2. U.S. Women’s Bobsled Team 28 (5)
3. Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto, Figure Skating 27 (3)
Also receiving first place votes: Cassie Johnson rink (Curling)