Winter Games Opening Ceremonies Tonight
A press release from Rep. Steve Reick:
The Winter Games get underway this evening in PyeongChang, South Korea, and 13 athletes who either live or grew up in Chicago and the suburbs will be representing Team USA in a variety of sports. They include:
- Kevin Bicker, 21, of Wauconda: Ski Jumping
- Michael Glasder, 28, of Cary: Ski Jumping
- Casey Larson, 19, of Barrington: Ski Jumping
- Bradie Tennell, 20, of Carpentersville: Figure Skating
- Alexa Scimeca Knierim, 26, Addison, and her husband Christopher: Pairs Figure Skating
- Brian Hansen, 27, of Glenview: Speedskating
- Lana Gehring, 27, of Glenview: Speedskating
- Emery Lehman, 21, of Oak Park: Speedskating
- Shani Davis, 35, of Chicago: Speedskating
- Aja Evans, 29, of Chicago: Bobsled
- Kendall Coyne, 25, of Palos Heights: Hockey
- Hilary Knight, 28, of Lake Forest: Hockey
Bicker, Glasder and Larson have already advanced to the medal round on Saturday for ski jumping.
Hawks or Wolves players who will represent Team Canada include Rene Bourque, Andre Ebbett and Rob Klinkhammer.
One former Hawk will play for Team Sweden: Victor Shalberg.
Tony Granato, 53, of Downers Grove and Chris Chelios, 56, of Chicago will be coaching the U.S.A. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team.
Good luck to these Illinois athletes and coaches and to all who will represent Team U.S.A. at this year’s Olympic Games in South Korea!