Team USA forward Julie Chu takes a shot in an exhibition against Team Canada on Dec. 12, 2008 at Magness Arena in Denver. Chu will be participating in her third Olympic games. (Photo by Joe Nguyen/AsiaXpress.com)
Asian Americans to watch for at the 2010 Winter Olympics
A look at the Asian-American athletes participating at the games in Vancouver
By AsiaXpress.com staff reports
Feb. 15, 2009
Apolo Ohno – silver – 1,500m
J.R. Celski – bronze – 1,500m
Apolo Ohno – bronze – 1,000m
J.R. Celski – short track (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m relay)
The 19-year-old Filipino-American speedster will be making his Olympic debut this year, after missing the minimum requirement age by 17 days in 2006, according the Team USA website. Since then, he has been a two-time U.S. junior overall champion and at the 2009 World Championships, he tallied five medals, including gold in the 5,000-meter relay and the 3,000-meter events.
Simon Cho – short track (500m, 5000m relay)
At 18 years old, Cho is the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic short track team. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Cho and his family moved to the U.S. when he was 5. According to the Team USA website, he set 12 national age group records; four North American age group records; was a national short track age group champion from 2002 to 2004 and again in 2006; and a national long track age group champion in 2002 and 2004.
Julie Chu - Ice hockey (alternate captain)
Having won the silver (2002) and bronze (2006) medals in previous trips, Chu returns to Team USA looking to complete the set with a gold. The squad – whose average age is 23.5 – is young but highly skilled, evident in their win at the 2009 World Championships.
Amanda Evora – figure skating (pairs)
For years, the New York-born Filipino-American and her partner Mark Ladwig had strong showings at the U.S. Championships but nothing like their second-place finish this past year, securing them a spot in the Olympics.
Mirai Nagasu – figure skating (solo)
The 16-year-old Nagasu may be young, but she carries an extensive resume. She was the 2007 U.S. junior champion and 2008 U.S. champion, becoming the youngest skater to achieve that feat since former Olympic gold medalist Tara Lapinski.
Apolo Anton Ohno – short track (500m, 1000m, 1500m, 5000m relay)
Making his third Olympic games, Ohno already has an impressive resume having won five medals (two golds, two bronzes and a silver) in his previous trips. He will have plenty of opportunities to add to his collection, having qualified for all three individual events and being named to the 5,000-meter relay team.
Graham Watanabe – snowboard cross
Watanabe was an injury replacement for Team USA at the 2006 games in Turin. Now 27, he's making his second Olympic appearance in the men's snowboard cross competition.
The Reed siblings
Allison – ice dancing (Georgia), Cathy and Chris – ice dancing (Japan)
The three Japanese-American siblings from Kalamazoo, Mi. discovered their Olympic dreams by competing for other countries. Chris, 20, and Cathy, 22, compete in the ice dancing pairs competition, having won the Japanese Championship the past three years. Their younger sister Allison, 15, received citizenship from Georgia, enabling her to compete with her partner, Otar Japaridze.