By Christine Valdez
Web Production Assistant
It’s been two years since the last Olympic games and four since the last winter games. The United States is ready to send its best athletes to represent the country in one of the world’s biggest sporting events. Not only is the U.S. sending its best athletes but New Jersey will be in the mix and hoping to make the Olympic podium.
At the 22nd Winter Olympic games, among the 230-athlete team of the United States — one of the biggest teams the U.S. has sent to an Olympics — about 12 New Jersey athletes will compete for medals according to the Team USA roster. Within the various winter sports, New Jersey will be on display on the slopes and on the ice.
Among the Olympic hopefuls, 10 athletes from the Garden State will be participating in the Olympic events in Alpine skiing, bobsled, ice hockey, skeleton, figure skating and speedskating.
After clinching their spot at several Olympic trails, these New Jerseyans defeated other Olympic hopefuls, including other Jersey athletes.
Not only will New Jersey have Olympians during the games at Sochi in early February, but Jersey athletes will also be at the Winter Paralympic Games. Two athletes in alpine skiing and sled hockey are currently listed on the Paralympics roster.
The Olympic games are set to begin Feb. 6 and will last until Feb. 23.
2014 New Jersey Olympians
John Carlson — Colonia — Ice Hockey
Kyle Carr — Flemington — Short Track Speedskating
Chris Creveling — Flemington — Short Track Speedskating
Jazmine Fenlator — Wayne — Bobsled
Jamie Greubel — Warren — Bobsled
Nolan Kasper — Morristown — Alpine Skiing
Staci Mannella — Randolph — Alpine Skiing — Paralympics
Josh Pauls — South Plainfield — Sled Hockey — Paralympics
Molly Schaus — Voorhees — Ice Hockey
Kyle Tress — Ewing — Skeleton
James Van Riemsdyk — Middletown — Ice Hockey
Felicia Zhang– Plainsboro –Pairs Figure Skating