Olympics Excite Area Residents

Olympics Excite Area Residents

by Audry Kensicki on February 13, 2010

Even though the 2010 Winter Olympics are thousands of miles away this year, Ohioans are still excited to to follow Team USA.

Jerry and Holly Callahan have a few favorite sports they plan to watch.

"Skiing, skating, the luge," they said. "Things like that."

"I’m hoping to catch some of the figure skating, I enjoy that," said Cheryl Wilson. "The couples skating, I like that real well."

Friday night’s opening ceremony held a moment of silence for Georgian luge athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili who died after an injury from a practice run. Other Olympic athletes and Ohio’s own residents are saddened by the loss.

"It’s kind of sad," said Wilson. "The luge is also one of my favorites. I enjoy that. It’s kind of exciting."

This year, the United States has 208 athletes competing, the most out of all the countries.

The Callahans said Team USA should be strong in numbers but also talent.

"We should. We’re hoping," they said. "We’ve had quite a few people, especially the skiers and things like that. We should do fairly well."

"I think they’ll do well," said Wilson. "They have a lot of good contestants this year. I think they’ll have a good year."

The Callahans said they won’t be cheering for athletes who play in the United States’ professional leagues, but are playing in the Olympics for their home countries.

"Team USA," they said. "Always team USA."

Right here on WHIZ-TV you can catch all the Olympics action.