My interview with Team USA’s Thomas Hong

My interview with Team USA’s Thomas Hong

Imagine returning to your home country for a global sporting event that YOU were skilled enough to qualify for. Imagine being the youngest male on your team. Imagine leaving college to pursue your DREAM.

This is 20-year-old Thomas Hong’s reality.

The South Korean native, who moved to Maryland at a young age, is set to represent the USA in next month’s Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

He was kind enough to call in to our NBC Sports Washington podcast studios just days after qualifying in Utah.

Check it out here:

I leave for South Korea 1/27 and return 2/28.

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23 days, 7 hours, 33 minutes to the start of the Winter Olympics…

My interview with Team USA’s Elana Meyers-Taylor

My interview with Team USA’s Elana Meyers-Taylor

Just days before qualifying for her third Winter Olympics in bobsledding, Elana Meyers-Taylor called in to our NBC Sports Washington podcast studios to chat with me.

Check out the full interview here:

 

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23 days, 9 hours, 27 minutes to the start of the Winter Olympics…

Washington-area Olympians at PyeongChang 2018

Washington-area Olympians at PyeongChang 2018

We are now one month exactly from the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

I have been busy in the lab prepping for Feb. 8-23 — the pinnacle of sport.

My Production Assistant/Digital Content role at NBC Sports Washington has morphed into one that is devoted to covering Washington-area (D.C., Maryland & Virginia) Olympians who are set to represent the United States next month.

Here are some names to remember:

  1. Thomas Hong
  • Born in Seoul, South Korea — moved to Laurel, Maryland at four years old
  • Qualified for Team USA in speedskating at the December Olympic Team Trials in Utah
  • Attended University of Maryland before leaving school to train full-time

2. Elana Meyers-Taylor

  • Attended George Washington University where she played softball
  • Two-time Olympic medalist in bobsledding (Vancouver 2010, bronze; Sochi 2014, silver)
  • Married to US national team fellow bobsledder, Nic Taylor

3. Maame Biney

  • Born in Ghana, Africa — moved to Rockville, Maryland at five years old
  • First African American woman to qualify for an Olympic speedskating team
  • Aspiring chemical engineer
  • 17 years old

4. Garrett Roe

  • Born in Vienna, Virginia
  • Professional ice hockey left winger for EV Zug of the National League (NL)
  • Drafted 183rd overall by the LA Kings in ’08 NHL Entry Draft
  • Made Team USA’s hockey roster for PyeongChang 2018

 

These are just a few of the Olympians I’m following closely as we approach the Winter Olympics.

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Previewing PyeongChang 2018 with Jake Asman

Previewing PyeongChang 2018 with Jake Asman

We are a mere 72 days away from the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Jake Asman joined me on Facebook Live to dive into the biggest story lines surrounding the country’s first Olympics since 1988 (Seoul, Summer).

This was the first of many broadcasts we’ll put together over the next few months. Keep up with us on Twitter @JakeAsman & @BobTrossetNBCS as we prepare for the Games.

Six Months Out of the Winter Olympics

Six Months Out of the Winter Olympics

Buckle up! We are quickly approaching this winter’s Olympics which are set to take place in South Korea for the first time since the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul. PyeongChang, South Korea will be the first ski resort town to host the Winter Olympics since the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

The majority of outdoor sports will take place within the confines of the Alpensia Resort. It looks something like this during winter:

Following the Games, the Resort will also host the 2018 Winter Paralympics.

There may not be as many ‘household’ names in this winter’s Games, but there are certainly athletes who are flying below the radar you should definitely be on the lookout for come February. Here are 10 Olympians to follow on their road to PyeongChang: 

  1. Amanda Kessel (@AmandaKessel8) 
  • New York Riveters Forward (National Women’s Hockey League)  
    • Minnesota Golden Gophers women’s ice hockey (2010-2016) 
  • Silver medalist at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia 

 

2. Nathan Chen (@nathanwchen) 

  • 2017 Four Continents champion (figure skater) 
  • Won national novice title at 2010 U.S. Championships in Spokane, Washington at age 10 (youngest novice champion in history of U.S. Figure Skating) 
  • First skater to land seven clean quadruple jumps in competition (2017 U.S. Championships) 
  • Time Magazine named Chen one of the 2017 “Next Generation Leaders” 

 

3. Jamie Greubel Poser (@JamieGreubel) 

  • Cornell University Class of 2006 
  • Won bronze medal at 2014 Winter Olympics in Two-woman Bobsleigh event 
  • Married to German bobsledder Christian Poser 

 

4. Jocelyne Lamoreux (@JocelyneUSA17) 

  • Won silver medal for women’s national ice hockey team during the 2010 Winter Olympics, alongside her twin sister, Monique 
  • Played NCAA hockey for the University of Minnesota (1 year) and three for the University of North Dakota 

 

5. Monique Lamoreux (@moniquelam7) 

  • Selected by Boston Blades in 2014 CWHL Draft 
  • 2015 Clarkson Cup 
  • Two silver medals (Vancouver 2010 & Sochi 2014) 

6. Maia Shibutani (@MaiaShibutani) 

  • Three-time World medalist (1 silver, two bronze) 
  • 2016 Four Continents champion 
  • Competed at 2014 Winter Olympics 

7. Hilary Knight (@HilaryKnight) 

  • Women’s national ice hockey team forward 
  • Competed in 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics 
  • In 2015, Knight moved to the Boston Pride of NWHL and finished the season as the league’s first-ever scoring champion 

 

8. Nick Goepper (@NickGoepper) 

  • Freeskier from Lawrenceburg, Indiana 
  • Three gold medals and a silver at the Winter X Games in Aspen (Slopestyle contest) 

 

9. Rico Roman (@RicoSled23) 

  • Joined United States Army upon graduating Alpha High School in 2000 (Oregon) 
  • In 2007, Roman’s leg was amputated after hitting an IED while serving in Iraq
  • Won gold medal in Sledge Hockey at the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, Russia  

 

10. Nikko Landeros (@nikko1515) 

  • Ice sledge hockey player and paralympic freestyle skier 
  • Competed in 2010 Winter Paralympics Olympics in Vancouver as USA won gold 
  • While changing a tire on the side of the road in high school, Landeros was struck by a vehicle leaving him stuck between two SUVs. He and his friend, Tyler Carron, both became bilateral amputees. 

 

We are exactly 183 days out of the 2018 Winter Olympics. Follow me (@BobTrosset) on Twitter to stay in the loop.