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Julie Letai

United States

SportShort Track
NOCUnited States
Born23 Jun 2000 in Boston, MA 
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
OccupationAthlete, Student
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 42.855 10 Dec 2023 Beijing  
    1000m 1:29.523 06 Nov 2022 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:23.315 16 Feb 2022 Beijing  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Championships
World Championships
    3000m Relay   1    
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesPlaying the drums. (, 28 May 2019)  
InjuriesIn July 2020 she required surgery on her knee. (Skating ISU YouTube channel, 01 Apr 2021)

She underwent knee surgery in 2018, and returned to training in October the same year. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019;, 28 May 2019)
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportAs a child she went to the ice rink to watch her older siblings skate and wanted to join in. She initially got involved in figure skating before her mother enrolled her in classes at Bay State Speed Skating Club. "What I really liked was skating around super fast. I had a substitute teacher one time, and they let us go from end to end of the rink as fast as we could. And I remember just raving to my mum about how much I loved doing that. My mum looked into it and was able to find Bay State. Bay State has a lot of loyal members. Former Olympians would come to coach at the club and they impressed me. Any advice they gave me meant the world to me."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Wang Hongyang. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age two. She took up short track in 2007 at Bay State Speed Skating Club in Massachusetts, United States of America, and started focusing on the sport at age 16.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"There is always room for improvement." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2019)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationFUTURE PLANS
She hopes to pursue a career in healthcare once her sporting career is over. "I'm definitely leaning towards a health track. I've been interested in global health. I think travelling and everything, that's inspired me to pursue a career where I can think of the world as a whole, rather than just be contained to the United States. I think there's a lot of problems that should be treated more as a global issue, rather than just each kind of country fending for themselves." (, 25 Jan 2022)
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachStephen Gough [national], CAN  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2023/2024 Four Continents Championships 2000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 World Championships 3000m Relay2  
    2022/2023 Four Continents Championships 3000m Relay3  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay5  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships 3000m Relay6  
    2023/2024 World Championships 500m7  
    2022/2023 World Championships 2000m Relay7  
    2020/2021 World Championships 3000m Relay7  
    2022/2023 World Championships 3000m Relay8  
    2022 Olympic Games 3000m Relay8  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m21  
    2017/2018 World Junior Championships Overall31  
    2018/2019 World Junior Championships 500m34  
    2023/2024 World Championships 1500m41  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay2  
    2023/2024 Dresden 3000m Relay3  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 3000m Relay3  
    2023/2024 Montreal, QC 3000m Relay3  
    2019/2020 Shanghai 3000m Relay3  
    2018/2019 Dresden 3000m Relay6  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay6  
    2022/2023 Almaty 2000m Relay6  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 500m7  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 2000m Relay7  
    2023/2024 Gdansk 500m8  
    2019/2020 Dresden 3000m Relay8  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 3000m Relay9  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 500m12  
    2023/2024 Dresden 500m13  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m16  
    2022/2023 Salt Lake City, UT 500m18  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 1000m27  
    2022/2023 Almaty 500m28  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m28  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m28  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1500m29  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification Overall31  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m31  
    2022/2023 Almaty 1000m32  
    2023/2024 Dresden 1000m33  
    2018/2019 Dresden 500m34  
    2018/2019 Dresden 1000m35  
    2023/2024 World Cup Classification 1500m37  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 500m38  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 1000m40  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1500m43  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 500m47  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m48  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Overall50  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m55  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m75  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 500m89  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 1000m103