Philadelphia area boasts 10 Olympic champions

This article can be found published in the March 29, 2010 issue of Delaware County Community College’s newspaper, “The Communitarian.”
Philadelphia Flyers players Mike Richards and Chris Pronger won gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Getty Images)

Philadelphia Flyers players Mike Richards and Chris Pronger won gold in the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Getty Images)

The United States proudly sent 214 athletes to the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Philadelphia area supplied 10 athletes to compete, and out of the 37 medals won by the United States, five were won by our local athletes.

Here’s a look at the athletes and how they finished in their events:

  • Eric Bernotas, a native of Avondale, Pa., competed in the men’s skeleton. He posted a track time of 53.23, just 0.19 seconds behind first, and giving him a 14th place finish.
  • Allison Baver, of Reading, Pa., a short track speed skater, took part in three competitions. She won a bronze medal in the 3,000 meter relay, came in at No. 15 in the 1,500 meter and was disqualified in the 1,000 meter.
  • Ben Agosto and Tanith Belbin, the ice dancing pair, train and live in Aston, Pa. They scored a 103.33 in a combined score of compulsory dance and original dance, and then a 99.74 in the free dance. They finished with a 203.07, giving them fourth place.
  • Johnny Weir, of Coatesville, Pa., competed in the men’s figure skating. He scored an 82.10 in the short program and a 156.77 in free skating, giving him a final score of 238.87 and sixth place.
  • Bobby Ryan, native of Cherry Hill, N.J. and hockey player for the NHL Anaheim Ducks, was part of the U.S. men’s ice hockey team. Ryan posted a goal and an assist and had a plus-3 rating in the tournament and helped to take the U.S. team to the gold medal game and skated away with a silver medal.
  • Four Philadelphia Flyers were sent to the Olympics to represent their countries. Defenseman Oskars Bartulis, of Latvia, came in 12th place. Defenseman Kimmo Timonen, of Finland, netted two goals and two assists and won a bronze medal. Defenseman Chris Pronger, of Canada, had five assists on the way to capturing the gold medal along with teammate and Flyers captain, Mike Richards, who had two goals and three assists.

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