The state of Pennsylvania is well-represented in this year’s 2018 Winter Olympics. Nine athletes from all across the Keystone State are competing to bring home a gold medal in a number of different sports including ice hockey, luge, and bobsled. More than half of those athletes are from our communities!
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There are not just one, but four Pennsylvania natives playing on the U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey team. Three of them call Bucks County and Montgomery County their hometowns. Ryan Gunderson, a 32-year-old from Bensalem, Bucks County, is making his Olympic debut as a defenseman on Team USA. Another Bucks County native representing the United States is Brian O’Neill, a 29-year-old forward from Yardley, Bucks County. And hailing from Abington, Montgomery County is Chad Kolarik, a 32-year-old right wing, who is also making his Olympic debut. Pictured below: Team USA Hockey Jerseys via www.teamusa.usahockey.com.
The United States Bobsled team and Luge team also include members from Pennsylvania. Jamie Grubel Poser from Newtown, Bucks County is competing in her second Olympics on the Bobsled team. The 34-year-old took home the bronze medal in 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. And another Montgomery County native is set to compete for gold in luge – Andrew Sherk from Fort Washington is making his Olympic debut.
Five out of the nine Pennsylvania Olympic athletes are from right here in our neck of the woods. A truly incredible and rare experience for many! Good luck to all our hometown heroes, as well as the rest of the United States athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics!