Asian American Athletes in Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be held Feb. 7-23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. This marks the first time that the Russian Federation will have hosted the Winter Games – the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. Sochi, the host city, has a population of 400,000 and is located in the third largest region in Russia – Krasnodar.

Team USA athletes will compete in the following sports at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi:

  • Biathlon
  • Bobsled
  • Curling
  • Figure skating – ice dance, pairs, singles (men’s and ladies), team
  • Ice hockey
  • Luge
  • Short track speedskating
  • Skeleton
  • Skiing – alpine, cross country, freestyle, jumping/Nordic combined
  • Snowboarding
  • Speedskating

The Games will be organized in two clusters: a coastal cluster for ice events in Sochi, and a mountain cluster in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains. This will make it one of the most compact Games ever, with approximately 30 minutes travel time from the coastal to mountain cluster.

The Sochi Olympic Park will be built along the Black Sea coast in the Imeretinskaya Valley, where all the ice venues such as the Bolshoi Ice Palace, the Maly Ice Palace, the Olympic Oval, the Sochi Olympic Skating Centre, the Olympic Curling Centre, the Central Stadium, the Main Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre, will be built anew for the 2014 Games.

The mountain cluster in Krasnaya Polyana will be home to all the skiing and sliding sports. There will also be a sub-media center in the mountain cluster.

To learn more about the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the Organizing Committee of the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, visit:

Our fabulous Asian Americans representing #TEAMUSA in Sochi are:

Julie Chu

Julie Chu is an ice hockey forward who has earned three Olympic medals (Salt Lake City 2002 – silver; Torino 2006 – bronze; Vancouver 2010 – silver) and is seeking her first gold in Sochi. Playing with the U.S. women’s national team since 2000, Chu has earned four world championship titles and three world silver medals. She is also currently serving as an assistant coach to the Union College women’s ice hockey team.

Julie Chu is a pioneer of women’s hockey in the United States. Chu’s passion for the sport and commitment to consistently doing “the little everyday” things have helped her become one of the longest serving players in U.S. Women’s National Team History.

Maia and Alex Shibutani

Maia and Alex Shibutani are a sibling ice dance team. They are the 2011 World bronze medalists, the U.S. silver medalists in 2011 and 2012, and bronze medalists in 2013. Their competitive career started in 2005 with a silver medal in juvenile ice dance at the U.S. Junior Championships during their very first year competing in the sport. The following two seasons they captured back-to-back U.S. National titles competing at the next successive levels – Intermediate (2006) and Novice levels (2007). Their competitive career at the Junior level was highlighted by a silver medal at the 2009 World Junior Figure Skating Championships, and a third U.S. National title, winning the gold medal at the Junior level in 2010.

As competitors at the senior level since the 2010-2011 season, Maia and Alex have been 3-time medalists at the U.S. Championships, and made a historic debut during their rookie season, becoming the first ice dance team to medal at both of their Grand Prix events and the first U.S. Ice Dance team to medal during their debut at the World Championships (2011).
In August, 2012 Maia and Alex launched their official YouTube channel “ShibSibs” Productions. Their channel includes original videos which Maia and Alex have filmed, directed and edited – which have thus far garnered over 810,000 views.

J.R. Celski

Born in Monterey, California, J.R. Celski is half Filipino and half Polish. He was raised in a loving family from Federal Way, WA alongside two brothers, Chris and David. At the age of 14, J.R. moved to Long Beach, CA at to pursue Olympic Dream. In 2008, he graduated from Lakewood High School and was accepted to attend the University of California, Berkeley. He put school on hold to skate full time. At the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, Canada, J.R. won 2 bronze medals. As one of his interests, J.R. started a production company in 2010 called M.A.D. Northwest that’s producing a film entitled “The Otherside” focusing on the Seattle Hip Hop Scene.

J.R. Celski’s quest to become a two-time Olympian will get going Friday at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials — Short Track Speedskating. We’re looking forward to it!

For a full rundown of schedules, athlete videos, Olympic protocols and more, please visit or

As a reminder, you can watch the first competitions of the Games on NBC starting February 6th, even though the opening ceremonies are February 7th and run through February 23rd. The Paralympics are two weeks later in Sochi March 7-16.

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Asian American Athletes in Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games

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