—By Amie Schaenzer
The 2014 Winter Olympics kick off Thursday, and several athletes will be representing Illinois in Sochi, Russia.
- Wish your favorite local athlete good luck in the comments section below.
You can watch for some of these local faces during the games as well as during Friday’s opening ceremonies, which will air from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. CST, on NBC. Local TV listings of the games can be found on the NBC website.
And here is a look at all of the local athletes — with links to their Team USA profile page — who will be competing in the 2014 Sochi Olympics:
- Megan Bozek, USA Hockey, Buffalo Grove
- Jason Brown, Figure Skating, Highland Park
- Kendall Coyne, Women’s Hockey, Palos Heights
- Shani Davis, USA Speedskating, Chicago
- Aja Evans, USA Bobsled Skeleton Federation, Chicago
- Gracie Gold, Figure Skating, trained in Glen Ellyn
- Brian Hansen, Speedskating, Glenview
- Jonathon Kuck, Speedskating, Champaign
- Emery Lehman, Speedskating, Oak Park
- Patrick Meek, Speedskating, Northbrook
- Ann Swisshelm, Curling, Chicago