The mission of United Capital Blades (UCB) is to grow the sport of short track speedskating in the National Capital Region by supporting and challenging skaters to strive for excellence and attain their personal goals in an atmosphere of fun and friendship. UCB strives to develop lifelong leadership and sportsmanship skills through professional coaching, travel and competition. Our diverse, inclusive speedskating club invites skaters of all levels, from Juniors to Masters, to enjoy our sport recreationally and/or competitively.
United Capital Blades was founded in 2013 under former Korean Olympian Hyun-Jung Lee. Now led by Level 2 USS Coach Suliman Abdullah, UCB looks to sustain a stable, consistent core of skaters with all the skills needed to take them as far as they're willing to go. Our club has been privileged to have developed great skaters over the years, including current Team USA long track skater, Conor McDermott-Mostowy.
Practice is held year-round at Wheaton Ice Arena in Wheaton, Maryland. Just a few minutes from the DC border, the rink has served as our home since its inception. The arena features a gym, trails and training grounds for our skaters to utilize for development.