This year is special for 2010 Olympic athletes from the Pacific Northwest—they get to make history in their own backyard in Vancouver stadiums and on Whistler’s slopes. When the eyes of the world are on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games in February, here are a few familiar names to watch for:
J.R. Celski—Short Track; born July 17, 1990; from Federal Way, WA.
Patrick Deneen—Skiing; born December 25, 1987; from Cle Elum, WA.
Nicole Joraanstad—Curling; born November 10, 1980; born in Seattle, WA (resides in Madison, WI).
Torin Koos—Cross-Country Skiing; born July 19, 1980; lives in Leavenworth, WA.
Scott Macartney—Alpine Skiing; born January 19, 1978; from Crystal Mountain, WA.
Christian Niccum—Luge & Bobsled; born January 27, 1978; from Seattle, WA.
Apolo Ohno—Short Track; born May 22, 1982; from Seattle, WA.
Laura Valaas—Skiing; born March 2, 1984; from Wenatchee, WA.
Ashley Wagner—Figure Skating; born May 16, 1991; lived in the Pacific Northwest and still has family here; now lives in Delaware.