Laurel’s Thomas Hong barely missed a medal in the 500-meter short track speedskating event at the inaugural Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria, finishing fourth in Thursday’s final.
Hong, 14, crossed the line in 42.782 seconds. South Korea’s Yoon Su-Min got the gold in 42.417; teammate Lim Hyo-Jun claimed the silver in 42.417 and China’s Xu Hongzhi got third in 42.637.
Hong, who trains with the Potomac Speedskating Club and is a freshman at Atholton High in Columbia, placed eighth in his other individual event, the 1000 meters, when he failed to finish the final. The South Korean Lim won the gold in that competition.
Rockville’s Michael and Rachel Parsons also finished fourth at the Youth Olympic Games, falling just short of a medal in ice dancing earlier this week.