2014 Winter Olympics: Athletes You Need To Know

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Although the Opening Ceremony doesn’t air here in Los Angeles until 4:30pm tomorrow, the Winter Olympics actually kick off today in Sochi, Russia.

And even though the hotel accommodations sound a little sketchy, we’re excited to see Team USA totally dominate!

California is sending 20 athletes to the Games, which is the most of any state in the country.

In anticipation of this year’s festivities, Carson highlighted a few athletes he’ll be watching out for during the next two weeks:


When you think of speed skating, Miami isn’t the location that comes to mind, yet that hasn’t stopped Eddy Alvarez from competing in the sport.

Alvarez learned to skate on roller blades in South Beach and has since relocated to Salt Lake City to continue his training.

Another fun fact? He’s the little brother of DJ Nicole Alvarez, who works at our sister station KROQ!


Mexico’s Winter Olympics team consists of just one person, an Alpine skier who was born in Mexico City, but grew up in Austria.

At age 55, Hubertus Von Hohenlohe will be the second-oldest Winter Olympian ever and will be sporting a mariachi-inspired speed suit.

Don’t place your bets on this hopeful. Experts say it will be a surprise if he doesn’t finish last.


India may not have any luge tracks, but that hasn’t stopped Shiva Keshavan from making the trip up north to compete in the event.

Keshvan has trained on Himalayan hills on a sled equipped with wheels. Did we mention he’s doing this on real roads while somehow avoiding traffic and herds of sheep? Can someone just give him the gold already?

-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles

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