Last Friday, I ordered a T-shirt in support of Team Supermantia and viewed Joey’s website’s pictures and stories about his success in qualifying for the U.S. Olympic team. I remember Joey as an enthusiastic elementary student already making a name for himself as a champion inline skater, and I’ve followed him through the years as he made the switch to skating on ice in hopes of becoming an Olympian so of course, I bought a T-shirt.
I’ll be watching the 1000 meter speed skating on February 12th and the 1500 meter race on the 15th cheering on Supermantia.
But, Joey isn’t the only Olympic athlete I feel a connection to this year. Another Ocalan, and Florida Atlantic University alumni, Brittney Bowe will also compete in speed skating events on the 11th, 13th, and 16th. I don’t know Brittney, but as a fellow FAU alum, I’ve followed her success through the years and will be wearing my red, white, and blue pride in the form of an FAU sweatshirt for tonight’s opening ceremonies.
A third Ocalan, Emily Scott, rounds out the local delegation competing in Sochi…another speed skater to cheer.
Ocala may be the best represented U.S. city in the Olympics. Who’d have thought a town in central Florida would be a training ground for athletes competing in the winter games?
Good luck Joey, Brittney, Emily and all the competitors representing the U.S.A.