Cuban American from Miami wins Olympic silver medal

Congratulations to Eddy Alvarez, a Cuban American kid from Miami who won a silver medal in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Via the Sun-Sentinel:

Miami’s Alvarez wins silver in short-track relay

Miami’s Eddy Alvarez became the second South Florida athlete to medal at the Sochi Olympics as he helped the United States to the silver medal Friday in the men’s 5,000-meter relay in short-track speedskating.

Alvarez, 24, a graduate of Miami Columbus High, joins University of Miami alum Lauryn Williams, who earned a silver medal in women’s bobsled on Wednesday.

The second-place finish behind Russia, which set an Olympic record, provided a happy ending to a frustrating Olympics for Alvarez and his teammates. Alvarez joins another Miami native, Jennifer Rodriguez, who won two bronze medals in long-track speedskating in 2002, as South Florida medalists in speedskating.

It was a struggle to reach the podium for Alvarez. He was disqualified in the 1,500 meters, crashed out of the 1,000 meters and failed to advance out of the preliminaries of the 500, his best event.

He was joined on the relay by long-time friend J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone.

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