Winter Olympics begin Friday, Feb. 12

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

The Olympic Cauldron will be lit in Vancouver this Friday evening, Feb. 12, to begin the 2010 Winter Games. More than 2,700 athletes from all corners of the globe will gather to compete in 15 different events. Each competitor will be trying to earn the most prestigious award in all of international athletics, the Olympic gold medal.

From the opening moment until the closing ceremony Feb. 28, the best athletes in the world will compete in events ranging from Alpine skiing to speed skating.

Some of the notable entrants in this year’s Olympics include Lisa Chesson. She is a 23-year-old who will be playing hockey for the United States team. She is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighs 152 pounds. Chesson is one of a handful of female hockey players from around the world in this year’s Olympics.

Sixteen-year-old Ashley Caldwell from the United States will be one of the youngest Olympians. She will represent our country in free-style-skiing. Two athletes on theother end of the age spectrum are 43-yearold Cheryl Bernard from Canada and Hubertus Von Hohenlohe from Mexico. Bernard will be competing in curling. Von Hohenlohe was born Feb. 2, 1959. He just celebrated his 51st birthday, and will be attempting to medal in Alpine skiing. Jamaica has one athlete going to Vancouver. He is 23- year-old Errol Kerr. He will compete in free-style skiing.

Of the 223 athletes representing the United States, Tracy Sachtjen is the oldest American on the team. She will celebrate her 41st birthday during the games. Sachtjen will turn 41 Feb. 20. She is on the U.S. curling team. The oldest male on the U.S. team is also a curler. He is 40-year-old John Benton.

Anton Apolo Ohno (short-track speed skating), Evan Lysacek (men’s figure skating), Shaun White (snowboarding) are a few of the Americans expected to contend for Olympic gold.

From the Opening Ceremony to the final trip to the podium, NBC will air nearly 200¬†hours of Olympic coverage over the Games’17 days. Network coverage features everything from ice sports like figure skating, speed skating and curling to snow sports like Alpine skiing, luge and ski jumpingLocal Channel 13 will be your home for Olympic coverage on television in this area.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the Feb. 10-16, 2010 issue

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