The 2014 Winter Olympics will be Eddy Alvarez’s first Olympics and he is far from inexperienced in the world arena. He has been compared to Apolo Ohno in his ability to come up from behind and pass. The pressure is on 24 year old Alvarez and the rest of the US team: J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling, Kyle Carr and Jordan Malone as they compete in Sochi. It will be the first Olympic Games in 12 years that the US has competed without Apolo Anton Ohno , the most decorated American Winter Olympian with eight medals.
Alvarez’s Path to the Olympics
- Alvarez was a Jr. World Team Member in 2008 and 2009. In 2009 he won Gold in the 3000-meter relay.
- Alvarez battled the flu during the 2010 Olympic trials and placed tenth.
- For the following two years, Alvarez took a break from skating while he played baseball and underwent bilateral surgery to repair multiple tears in his knee tendons.
- He returned to the National Team in March of 2012, and began the arduous road back to health through physical therapy.
- By December of that year, he qualified for the World Cup and was ranked 4th overall on the US team, eventually moving up to third by early 2013.
- At the World Cup Championships in September 2013, Alvarez earned an individual bronze medal and a team Gold. The 5000-meter relay Gold medal was the first Gold medal won by any US team in the event in the history of the contest.
- Alvarez showed continued promise throughout the 2014 Olympic Trials in Kearns, Utah. His dual second place finishes earned him a spot on the US Olympic Team.
J.R. Celeski is Alvarez’s toughest competition. As a two time Olympic skater, Celeski’s experience tops Alvarez’s rocky ascent to the Olympic team and is favored to bring home the gold.
Celeski won two Bronze medals at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver and set a world record when he won Gold at the 2012 World Cup in Calgary.
The US Speed Skating Team is hopeful at their chance for Gold. With new member, Eddy Alvarez, and a new super aerodynamic suit developed by defense contractor, Lockheed Martin and Under Armor, the team may just have that extra something that will make the difference between going home empty handed or going home with a medal.