The International Skating Union (ISU) World Cup Short Track Speed Skating series is due to resume in Dutch city Dordrecht tomorrow, marking the start of the second of four international events that will help determine who qualifies for next year's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.
The four-day event at the Sportboulevard comes hot on the heels of this season’s first World Cup meet held in Budapest from September 28 to October 1.
South Korea continued the dominance they showed at the 2017 ISU World Short Track Speed Skating Championships in Rotterdam back in March, triumphing in six of the eight events in Hungary’s capital.
Catching the eye the most was Choi Min Jeong, who scooped a remarkable full-set of first places, winning the 500 metres, 1,000m, 1,500m and 3,000m women’s relay.
Choi, a big home hope for medals at Pyeongchang 2018, claimed there is still room for improvement.
"I’m really happy, I feel more confident now," she said.
"I’m not ready for Pyeongchang 2018 yet.
"I think my condition is only 60 per cent of what it should be."
Dordrecht will provide a chance for the likes of Canada’s Kim Boutin, second in the 1,000m and 1,500m in Budapest, to prove the season will not be a one-woman show.
Italy’s Arianna Fontana, second in the 500m, and Great Britain’s Elise Christie, third in the 1,000m while carrying a thigh injury, will also be hoping to halt Choi’s winning streak.
Other skaters looking strong in Budapest were Choi’s team-mates Shim Suk Hee, Kim A Lang and Kim Ye Jin as they combined to beat Canada and Russia in the 3,000m relay.
Canada’s Marianne St-Gelais, meanwhile, will also be optimistic of improving on her Budapest showing after coming fourth in the 500m and second in the 3,000m relay.
Other names to look out for include Australia’s Deanna Lockett, China’s Fan Kexin and home favourite Suzanne Schulting.
Lim Hyo Jun led the way in the men’s events in Budapest, winning the 1,000m and 1,500m, with team-mate Hwang Dae Heon finishing second in both races.
"We have a strong team this season and I did a good job because my teammates helped me out," Hwang said.
Sandor Liu Shaolin - born to a Chinese father and Hungarian mother - broke the South Korean deadlock in the individual races in Budapest coming out on top in the 500m final, representing Hungary.
In the 5,000m relay a Canadian team made up of Charles Hamelin, Charle Cournoyer, Samuel Girard and Pascal Dion were victorious.
China were second, while Japan finished third and South Korea fourth as they missed their only podium of the event.
South Korea’s Seo Yi Ra, the current men’s world champion in the 1,000m, is expected to contend this year, while The Netherlands’ Sjinkie Knegt, the 500m world champion, will be determined to impress on home turf.
Other strong contenders include Girard and China’s Han Tianyu and Wu Dajing.