Sunday, February 21, 2010
I took a beautiful classic ski yesterday on the recreational trails in Whistler Olympic Park.
At one point I needed to cross the crowd to get from one trail to the next. This stream of spectators were on their way down from the morning's ski jumping event.
Sarah Murphy (Canada/Kiwi) and I skied up the Madley Lake trails and took a few shots through a maple leaf.
Black Tusk - one of the most prominent mountains up here.
Another beautiful view from the Olympic Park.
My eldest supporter here for these Games - JerryAnn Devlin from White Salmon, Washington.
Kara, Lars and I in rings in Whistler.
On Valentine's Day Dave and I met early in the morning and got a quieter moment with the Olympic symbol. Notice the flowers strewn behind us; they lay in memory of a Georgian luger who passed away just before the Games began.
I've been able to watch a lot of events on the dozen or so Olympic channels broadcasting throughout the day. Here's Lake Placid's Andrew Weibrecht during his flower ceremony.
Bode Miller, Axel Svindal (NOR), Andrew Weibrecht - second, first and third in the Men's Super-G
American fans at the Men's Super-G.
An ecstatic Bjorgen (NOR) during the Women's Cross Country Pursuit. This is her second gold medal of the Games, and a proud one at that for the skiing nation of Norway.
The flags being raised for the Women's Pursuit at the Medals Ceremony
Women's Pursuit Medals Ceremony.
Bjorgen's Gold Medal.
One of the coolest moments so far was during these medals ceremonies where I was able to sit on Lars' shoulders and get a great view of the stage and crowd, and from above proudly wave the American flag. Hope everyone is enjoying celebrating the Olympics!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Kara, a.k.a. my Olympic maid of honor, has done an excellent job updating our website with photos, articles, press releases, and news about other fellow US Olympians, a press release from one of our sponsors, TEKO, or silly things like my video interview on Self.com.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Bill Demong - Nordic Combined
Nick Alexander - Ski Jumping
Chris Mazder - Luge
Haley Johnson - Biathlon
John Farra - US Cross-Country Team Leader
My grandmother, Rusty Hovey McKenna, was a well known artist in Lake Placid. Her pen and ink drawings are found all throughout town, but recently my mom recovered this particular one from the Olympics. Pretty cool, huh?
Local Dozen Making their way to Vancouver
LAKE PLACID - If they're not on the Cloudsplitter gondola riding up Whiteface Mountain, they're definitely on Cloud Nine around here - America's original winter playground has six homegrown stars competing in the Winter Olympics, including its first Alpine skier
Grimmette chosen as US Flag Bearer for Opening Ceremonies
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - At his fifth Olympics, it's a first for luge athlete Mark Grimmette, chosen to be the flagbearer for the U.S. team at Friday's opening ceremony.
Nordic Combined Team's time to Shine
VANCOUVER, B.C. - With 13 trips to the Olympics between them, 2010 U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team members Billy Demong of Vermontville, Todd Lodwick and Johnny Spillane are far from star struck at these Games in Vancouver. More so than ever, they're the stars.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
My brother and sister, Lars and Kara, will begin their journey to Vancouver tomorrow. They are driving up from Steamboat, CO and will meet up with a whole slew of friends and family who will join me next week in Whistler. Because my siblings are way more photogenic and tech savvy they will be updating our website daily during their stay at the Games - www.haleykaralars.com
But, until I begin I will get out a few more photo posts.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Total Number of U.S. Athletes
Lanny Barnes; Durango, Colo.
Haley Johnson; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Laura Spector; Lenox, Mass.
Sara Studebaker; Boise, Idaho
Lowell Bailey; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Tim Burke; Paul Smiths, N.Y.
Jay Hakkinen; Kasilof, Alaska
Wynn Roberts; Battle Lake, Minn.
Jeremy Teela; Heber City, Utah
Emily Azevedo; Chico, Calif.
Elana Meyers; Douglasville, Ga.
Erin Pac; Farmington, Conn.
Shauna Rohbock; Orem, Utah
Michelle Rzepka; Novi, Mich.
Bree Schaaf; Bremerton, Wash.
Chuck Berkeley; Pittsfield, Mass.
Nick Cunningham; Monterey, Calif.
Chris Fogt; Alpine, Utah
Steven Holcomb; Park City, Utah
Mike Kohn; Fairfax, Va.
Steve Langton; Melrose, Mass.
Steve Mesler; Buffalo, N.Y.
Jamie Moriarty; Glencoe, Ill.
John Napier; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Justin Olsen; San Antionio, Texas
Bill Schuffenhauer; Ogden, Utah
Curt Tomasevicz; Shelby, Neb.
Nicole Joraanstad; Seattle, Wash.
Debbie McCormick; Madison, Wis.
Natalie Nicholson; Bemidji, Minn.
Allison Pottinger; Eden Prairie, Minn.
Tracy Sachtjen; Lodi, Wis.
John Benton; St. Michael, Minn.
Jeff Isaacson; Duluth, Minn.
Chris Plys; Duluth, Minn.
John Shuster; Chisholm, Minn.
Jason Smith; Chisholm, Minn.
Figure Skating (15)
Tanith Belbin; Aston, Pa.
Meryl Davis; West Bloomfield, Mich.
Caydee Denney; Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Amanda Evora; Sugar Land, Texas
Rachael Flatt; Del Mar, Calif.
Mirai Nagasu; Arcadia, Calif.
Emily Samuelson; Novi, Mich.
Jeremy Abbott; Aspen, Colo.
Ben Agosto; Chicago, Ill.
Jeremy Barrett; Venice, Fla.
Evan Bates; Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mark Ladwig; Fargo, N.D./Moorhead, Minn.
Evan Lysacek; Naperville, Ill.
Johnny Weir; Quarryville, Pa.
Charlie White; Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Ice Hockey (44)
Kacey Bellamy; Westfield, Mass.
Caitlin Cahow; Branford, Conn.
Lisa Chesson; Plainfield, Ill.
Julie Chu; Fairfield, Conn.
Natalie Darwitz; Eagan, Minn.
Meghan Duggan; Danvers, Mass.
Molly Engstrom; Siren, Wis.
Hilary Knight; Hanover, N.H.
Jocelyne Lamoureux; Grand Forks, N.D.
Monique Lamoureux; Grand Forks, N.D.
Erika Lawler; Fitchburg, Mass.
Gigi Marvin; Warroad, Minn.
Brianne McLaughlin; Sheffield Village, Ohio
Jenny Potter; Edina, Minn.
Kelli Stack; Brooklyn Heights, Ohio
Angela Ruggiero; Simi Valley, Calif.
Molly Schaus; Natick, Mass.
Karen Thatcher; Blaine, Wash.
Jessie Vetter; Cottage Grove, Wis.
Kerry Weiland; Palmer, Alaska
Jinelle Zaugg-Siergiej; Eagle River, Wis.
David Backes; Blaine, Minn.
Dustin Brown; Ithaca, N.Y.
Ryan Callahan; Rochester, N.Y.
Chris Drury; Trumbull, Conn.
Erik Johnson; Bloomington, Minn.
Jack Johnson; Indianapolis, Ind.
Patrick Kane; Buffalo, N.Y.
Ryan Kesler; Livonia, Mich.
Phil Kessel; Madison, Wis.
Mike Komisarek; West Islip, N.Y.
Jamie Langenbrunner; Cloquet, Minn.
Ryan Malone; Pittsburgh, Pa.
Paul Martin; Elk River, Minn.
Ryan Miller; East Lansing, Mich.
Brooks Orpik; Amherst, N.Y.
Zach Parise; Prior Lake, Minn.
Joe Pavelski; Plover, Wis.
Jonathan Quick; Hamden, Conn.
Brian Rafalski; Dearborn, Mich.
Bobby Ryan; Cherry Hill, N.J.
Paul Stastny; St. Louis, Mo.
Ryan Suter; Madison, Wis.
Tim Thomas; Flint, Mich.
Julia Clukey; Augusta, Maine
Erin Hamlin; Remsen, N.Y.
Megan Sweeney; Suffield, Conn.
Tony Benshoof; White Bear Lake, Minn.
Mark Grimmette; Muskegon, Mich.
Dan Joye; Carmel, N.Y.
Brian Martin; Palo Alto, Calif.
Chris Mazdzer; Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Christian Niccum; Woodinville, Wash.
Bengt Walden; Northbridge, Mass.
Noelle Pikus-Pace; Orem, Utah
Katie Uhlaender; Breckenridge, Colo.
Eric Bernotas; Avondale, Pa.
John Daly; Smithtown, N.Y.
Zach Lund; Salt Lake City, Utah
Stacey Cook; Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Hailey Duke; Boise, Idaho
Julia Mancuso; Squaw Valley, Calif.
Chelsea Marshall; Pittsfield, Vt.
Megan McJames; Park City, Utah
Alice McKennis; Glenwood Springs, Colo.
Kaylin Richardson; Edina, Minn.
Sarah Schleper; Vail, Colo.
Leanne Smith; Conway, N.H.
Lindsey Vonn; Vail, Colo.
Will Brandenburg; Spokane, Wash.
Jimmy Cochran; Keene, N.H.
Erik Fisher; Middleton, Idaho
Tommy Ford; Bend, Ore.
Tim Jitloff; Reno, Nev.
Nolan Kasper; Warren, Vt.
Ted Ligety; Park City, Utah
Bode Miller; Franconia, N.H.
Steve Nyman; Sundance, Utah
Marco Sullivan; Squaw Valley, Calif.
Andrew Weibrecht; Lake Placid, N.Y.
Jake Zamansky; Aspen, Colo.
Cross Country (11)
Morgan Arritola; Ketchum, Idaho
Holly Brooks; Anchorage, Alaska
Caitlin Compton; Minneapolis, Minn.
Kikkan Randall; Anchorage, Alaska
Liz Stephen; East Montpelier, Vt.
Kris Freeman; Andover, N.H.
Simi Hamilton; Aspen, Colo.
Torin Koos; Leavenworth, Wash.
Garrot Kuzzy; Minneapolis, Minn.
Andy Newell; Shaftsbury, Vt.
James Southam; Anchorage, Alaska
Ashley Caldwell; Hamilton, Va.
Emily Cook; Belmont, Mass.
Jana Lindsey; Black Hawk, S.D.
Lacy Schnoor; Draper, Utah
Matt DePeters; Buffalo, N.Y.
Dylan Ferguson; Amesbury, Mass.
Jeret Peterson; Boise, Idaho
Ryan St. Onge; Winter Park, Colo.
Shannon Bahrke; Tahoe City, Calif.
Hannah Kearney; Norwich, Vt.
Heather McPhie; Park City, Utah
Michelle Roark; Denver, Colo.
Patrick Deneen; Cle Elum, Wash.
Michael Morse; Duxburry, Mass.
Nate Roberts; Park City, Utah
Bryon Wilson; Park City, Utah
Ski Cross (2)
Casey Puckett; Aspen, Colo.
Daron Rahlves; Sugar Bowl, Calif.
Nordic Combined (5)
Brett Camerota; Park City, Utah
Billy Demong; Vermontville, N.Y.
Taylor Fletcher; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Todd Lodwick; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Johnny Spillane; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Ski Jumping (3)
Nick Alexander; Lebanon, N.H.
Peter Frenette; Saranac Lake, N.Y.
Anders Johnson; Park City, Utah
Gretchen Bleiler; Aspen, Colo.
Kelly Clark; Mt. Snow, Vt.
Elena Hight; South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Hannah Teter; Belmont, Vt.
Greg Bretz; Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
Scotty Lago; Seabrook, N.H.
Louie Vito; Sandy, Utah
Shaun White; Carlsbad, Calif.
Parallel Giant Slalom (3)
Michelle Gorgone; Boston, Mass.
Tyler Jewell; Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Chris Klug; Aspen, Colo.
Callan Chythlook-Sifsof; Girdwood, Alaska
Faye Gulini; Salt Lake City, Utah
Lindsey Jacobellis; Stratton Mountain, Vt.
Nick Baumgartner; Iron River, Mich.
Nate Holland; Squaw Valley, Calif.
Graham Watanabe; Sun Valley, Idaho
Seth Wescott; Sugarloaf, Maine
Long Track (18)
Rebekah Bradford; Apple Valley, Minn.
Lauren Cholewinski; York, S.C.
Maria Lamb; River Falls, Wis.
Elli Ochowicz; Hartland, Wis.
Catherine Raney Norman; Elm Grove, Wis.
Heather Richardson; High Point, N.C.
Jennifer Rodriguez; Miami, Fla.
Jilleanne Rookard; Woodhaven, Mich.
Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr.; Wheaton, Ill.
Ryan Bedford; Midland, Mich.
Shani Davis; Chicago, Ill.
Tucker Fredricks; Janesville, Wis.
Brian Hansen; Glenview, Ill.
Chad Hedrick; Spring, Texas
Jonathan Kuck; Champaign, Ill.
Trevor Marsicano; Ballston Spa, N.Y.
Nick Pearson; West Allis, Wis.
Mitch Whitmore; Waukesha, Wis.
Short Track (10)
Allison Baver; Sinking Spring, Pa.
Kimberly Derrick; Memphis, Tenn.
Alyson Dudek; Hales Corners, Wis.
Lana Gehring; Glenview, Ill.
Katherine Reutter; Champaign, Ill.
J.R. Celski; Federal Way, Wash.
Simon Cho; Baltimore, Md.
Travis Jayner; Midland, Mich.
Jordan Malone; Denton, Texas
Apolo Anton Ohno; Seattle, Wash.