For short-track speedskater Thomas Hong, the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018 will double as a homecoming.
Hong, 20, was born in South Korea but moved to Howard County when he was 4. Part of a speedskating family, Hong picked up the sport when he moved to the U.S. and eventually became an Olympic-level performer. He graduated from Atholton High in Columbia, Md., and now attends the University of Maryland in College Park.
Hong will represent the United States at the Olympics. He is looking into friends and family joining him. Among the family members who reside in South Korea is his father, whom Hong visits during the summer months.