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 National Team member Hyun-Jung Lee. Now, 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 past US Junior National Short Track Team members, Gabriella Hachem, Shreya Arun, Benjamin Oh and current Team USA long track skater, Conor McDermott-Mostowy.
Practice is held during the season (September-March) at Wheaton Ice Arena in Wheaton, Maryland. Just a few minutes from the DC border, the rink has served as our main home since its inception. The arena features a gym, trails, and training grounds for our skaters to utilize for development. During the summer, we shift our training base to Rockville Ice Arena in Rockville, Maryland.