The results are starting to come in. Here’s how our guys and gals are faring so far:
- Jason Brown won a Bronze medal for team skating. More than any other athlete, Brown has been getting attention from the Jewish press. Articles about the 19-year-old from Highland Park, Ill., have appeared in the Forward, The Jewish Journal (Los Angeles), and the Jewish Week (NY). More to come, no doubt. I’m not watching a lot of the Olympics. I find many of the sports “made up.” Mogul? Halfpipe? That’s not to take anything away from the athletes who have such amazing skills. I guess I’m just…get off my lawn! But I did watch brown skate and heard the commentators fawning over him and with good reason. Only an unfortunate fall prevented hi from finishing higher and perhaps nudging the American team to a higher finish.
- Simon Shnapir and his partner Marissa Castelli finished fourth in the team pairs free program, contributing seven points to the U.S. team total. They also earned six points for the short pairs program.
- Noah Hoffman finished 35th in the Men’s 30K skiathlon.
- Vladislav Bykanov finished fourth in the second heat (out of six) for the Men’s 1500 m short track heat in 2:21.163 and did not advance.
- Dylan Moscovitch and his partner Kirsten Moore-Towers finished second in the free program pairs to help Canada earn a silver medal in team skating.
If anyone knows of Jewish athletes from other countries, don’t be shy to drop me a line.