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Clayton De Clemente

United States

SportShort Track
NOCUnited States
Born16 Sep 1999
ResidenceSalt Lake City, UT, USA
Social Media
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Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe was playing inline hockey when his mother noticed that his speed and form could be suited to speed skating, and sent him to train under coach Elena Sklutovsky at Danbury Speedskating Club in Connecticut, United States of America. Prior to that, his only ice skating experience had been at a couple of birthday parties.  
Training RegimeHe trains six days a week for six hours a day, while working a part-time job to support himself.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up the sport in 2011.  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolUS short track skater Jeff Simon. (, 01 Jun 2021)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 01 Jan 2021)  
HobbiesDriving and working on cars, playing guitar and bass. (, 01 Jun 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"My biggest strength is I have really good endurance. I can keep going and going and going when a lot of people would die, and I have good awareness. When I can't see, I use my other senses. If someone is making a move, I'll hear their skates." (, 07 Jun 2020)  
After graduating from Arlington High School in Lagrange, NY, United States of America, in 2017, he spent a year at Dutchess Community College while training and competing. However, he ultimately decided to give up his studies and move to Salt Lake City, UT, to train at the Olympic Oval and work towards the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. At the time he moved to Utah, he was not a member of the US national team, but was soon accepted onto the FAST [Facilitated Athlete Sport Training] US development squad. "I felt like I'd be throwing a lot of effort away if I stopped [skating]. Instead, I decided to see how far I could go. If you're fast enough, you can skate on the FAST team." (, 07 Jun 2020)
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 Dresden 5000m Relay10  
    2019/2020 Dresden 1500m31  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m36  
    2019/2020 Salt Lake City, UT 500m42  
    2019/2020 Dresden 500m51  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m94  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m101  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m114