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INTRODUCING YOUR HOME STATE OLYMPIANS!

9 Feb 2018

They’ve paved their road to the Olympics thanks to unmatched motivation and support from family, friends and their community. Your community. Now it’s time to stand behind them. Here’s a look at your (and our) home states’ hopefuls and a glimpse of who they are and when you can watch to root them on.

 

Massachusetts

 

Womens hockey

Kacey Bellamy 30, Westfield, MA, Defense

Boston Pride defensive star and 2010 and 2014 Olympian, Bellamy will be taking names with team USA favored to win it all. They take on/down Finland in game two of the preliminaries, Feb. 11th.

Meghan Duggan 30, Danvers, MA, Forward

Another Boston Pride proudful player, Duggan is captain of our 2018 team after representing the USA in 2010 and for three World Championships. In prelim game two, Feb. 13th, versus the Olympic Athletes From Russia, don’t expect Disney on Ice.

Kali Flanagan 22, Burlington, MA, Defense

Currently playing for Boston College, Flanagan broke into tears after finding out she’d be representing team USA. Prelim game three should be a good sneak peak at a likely final battle against Canada. It’s on Feb. 15th.

 

Men’s hockey

The 2018 Winter Games marks the first time since 1998 that NHL players are not eligible to play for Team USA.

Chris Bourque 32, Boston, MA, Forward

From a hockey family, Bourque is truly living a dream. In one of the biggest moments of his life, he’ll be bringing some Boston-backed pride to Pyeongchang as Team USA takes on Slovenia in preliminary game one, Feb. 14th.

Bobby Butler 30, Marlborough, MA, Forward

Even with him leading Marlborough High to a State Championship back in the day, Butler was surprised and honored to have the chance to rock USA’s red, white and blue this year. The team takes on Slovakia for game two, Feb. 16th.

Ryan Donato 21, Scituate, MA, Forward

As the 2017 Ivy League Player of the Year at Harvard, Donato is soon to be a Boston Bruin, while still free from NHL restrictions as he’s yet to sign his awaiting 3-year contract. Game three: the Olympic Athletes From Russia, Saturday, Feb. 17th.

John McCarthy 31, Boston, MA, Forward

McCarthy played for BU and is the only player without national team experience. Naturally, he never imagined anything like this would happen to him. If/when they rock the prelims, you can continue to watch them crush it in the quarterfinals on Feb. 20th.

Noah Welch 35, Brighton, MA, Defense

Former Harvard hockey standout, team captain, and one of the finest defensemen of the NCAA, Welch also took home a degree in government. He bleeds Crimson, and will surely check and balance any opponent as one of Team USA’s 25-man roster.

 

Snowboarding

Jonathan Cheever 32, Saugus, MA

Cheever finances his snowboard cross Olympic dreams working 12-hour days as a local plumber. On Feb. 14th, 9pm-1am, you’ll have your chance to see him work harder to fulfill them as he races for gold.

Mike Trapp 29, Marstons Mills, MA

Falling just short of qualifying for the Parallel Giant Slalom in 2014, Trapp was completely shocked when he learned he’d be competing this year. Check him out Feb. 22nd!

 

Alpine skiing

Alice Merryweather 21, Hingham, MA

More than just a speed-seeking, gate-flying Olympian, Alice loves board games. And catching small turtles while kayaking. Catch her skiing (quickly) in whatever downhill event they set her up with starting Feb. 12th.

 

Freestyle skiing

Annalisa Drew 24, Andover, MA

The first woman to land a 1260 in the superpipe, Drew will be more than owning the halfpipe for her second Olympics, spinning to qualify Feb. 19th for medal runs later that week.

 

Bobsled

Steven Langton 34, Melrose, MA

First time American team winner of the two-man bobsled at the 2012 FIBT Worlds, you can (try to) catch him with the four-man team as they cruise in heat one, Feb 24th.

 

Texas

 

Speed skating

Jonathan Garcia 31, Houston, TX

Newly into his 30s, he still feels 19 as he lives, trains and competes at the speed of your heart racing while watching him as he glides for gold in the 500m and Team Pursuit bouts starting Feb. 19th.

 

Bobsled

Sam McGuffie 28, Cypress, TX

Former running back for the University of Michigan? Sure. McGuffie, of Cypress, TX, will be rushing for wins as part of both the two and four-man crews. It all starts Feb. 18th.

Justin Olsen 30, San Antonio, TX

Originally a 2010 gold medal bobsled pusher, Olsen is now pilot…the pilot for both the two and four-man US teams. Just days after having his appendix taken out, watch him take out the competition.

 

Best wishes and all the luck to every team USA competitor, and all the competitors across the world. Enjoy the games and root your hardest for a magical 2018 Winter Olympics!

 

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