Meet Your Local Pacific Northwest Olympic Athletes!

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.

ApoloOhnoApolo Ohno—Short Track; born May 22, 1982; from Seattle, WA.

Karen Thatcher—Hockey; born February 29, 1984; from Blaine, WA. Karen is from right here in Whatcom County and we are all so proud of her!

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.

To see photos and full bios on these amazing Northwest Olympic athletes, visit King 5.

For a full rundown of Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Events and great ideas for finding Olympics accommodations and making Vancouver travel arrangements, visit our Vancouver 2010 page!

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