Aja Evans and teammate Jamie Greubel took third place in the women’s bobsled competition at the Olympics. Evans and Greubel finished behind American teammates Elana Meyers and former sprinter Lauryn Williams. This was the first time the American team has won multiple medals in the women’s bobsled event. Like Williams, Evans is a former sprinter. The 24 year old ran track at the University of Illinois. Williams, who ran track for the American team at the 2004 Athens games where she won a silver medal in the 100m, became only the fifth athlete to medal in both the Winter and Summer games.
With the Olympics kicking off Friday athletes from around the world are competing in Sochi. While Americans from any part of the country are always fun to cheer for, Chicago has some athletes that call the second city home. In addition to headliners like Shani Davis there are a whole host of other Chicagoland athletes who will be representing their country.
The North shore has become well known for their speedskating athletes, as is evident by Davis who is arguably the best in the world and one of the best Olympians of all time. Joining him on the speedskating team are Patrick Meek, Jonathon Kuck, Brian Hansen and Emery Lehman, all of whom come from Illinois. Speedskaters won’t be the only ones lacing up their skates and representing Illinois. Jason Brown from Highland Park will be competing in figure skating and while the appropriately named Gracie Gold isn’t from Illinois she trains in Glen Ellyn.
Over the past half-decade Chicago has been engulfed by hockey fever. The Blackhawks are sending 10 players to Sochi to represent 5 different countries including Patrick Kane on the American team and three players on the Canadian team. On the women’s side, Kendall Coyne from Palos Heights and Megan Bozek from Buffalo Grove will be playing for the American hockey team.
Rounding out the Chicago representatives are Ann Swisshelm who will be competing in curling and Aja Evans on the USA Bobsled Skeleton Federation. Because of the significant time difference between Chicago and Sochi, most of the big events will be played on tape delay. Here is a complete listing for the times of the live events. Here is where and when they will be played on television.