March 2, 2010
Yina Moe-Lange looks toward 2014 Olympics
WHISTLER, British Columbia
The cold rush of snow, blazing fast speeds and butterflies marked 16-year-old Yina Moe-Lange’s Olympic debut.
Moe-Lange, a Sammamish resident skiing for Denmark, put the pedal to the metal the second day of competition, shaving her time dramatically to place 47th out of 60 competitors in the second run of the ladies’ giant slalom Feb. 25.
“I was super nervous yesterday,” she said of the first race, held Feb. 24. “Everything was so different. There were more people there that wouldn’t normally be there at a race. The thought of knowing that was tough.
“I got the first start out of the way and skied today more like I’ve skied every other race in every other course.”
By the second day of competition, the butterflies floated away and what was left, for one of the youngest competitors in the games, was sheer athletic ability. Read more
March 2, 2010
With a competitor from Sammamish in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, and it being only five hours from town, who could resist an opportunity to take a road trip to see the games in person?
With a little help and hospitality from a friend of mine, and her family from Issaquah, I got to go and experience the convergence of the world’s cultures onto one city — Whistler, British Columbia.
The games brought more cultures to the alpine town than ever seen there before.
In any given moment, you’d move between a group of people speaking Russian, to one speaking Korean, to one speaking German.
The stereotypes were also there, as they exist for a reason and with some truth, the boisterous Americans and the young Asian teens that idolized the anime look. The stereotypes were embraced and cherished as the differences that make up the world versus being put down.
Understandably, there were long security lines — but nothing beyond what we Americans experience at the airport — and Canadians had a hard time keeping up with the demand for the coveted Canadian maple leaf mittens. Only that nearly made for an international incident when people were told they could only purchase two pairs per person.
Smartly, Whistler officials kept much of the mountain open for tourists, so you could strap on your skis and get close enough to the starting gate to catch a glimpse of the action for the men’s slalom or women’s giant slalom, which to my knowledge doesn’t happen at all winter venues. Read more
March 2, 2010
NEW — 12:30 p.m. March 2, 2010
Federal Way native and bronze-medal speed skater J.R. Celski will make his first post-Olympics appearance in the Seattle area at the Issaquah branch of 24 Hour Fitness on Wednesday afternoon.
Celski, 19, will meet with fans, display his medals, pose for photos and sign autographs during at 24 Hour Fitness – Issaquah Black Nugget Road Super Sport Club, 5712 E. Lake Sammamish Parkway S.E., No. 200.
The free event runs from 5:30-7 p.m.
The skater earned bronze hardware in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Vancouver Olympics.
February 24, 2010
February 23, 2010
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February 16, 2010
Sammamish skier chases dream downhill to the Olympics
The dream stretched back to childhood, when Yina Moe-Lange strapped on a pair of skis and took to the slopes. Through the years and countless downhill runs, she honed her skill with a singular goal in mind: competing in the Winter Olympics.
Moe-Lange, 16, assumed she might be too young to compete when the Olympics opened in Vancouver, British Columbia, and skiers competed in alpine events about four hours from Sammamish, where she and her family moved in 2005.
The premier skiers — like, say, Lindsey Vonn — reach peak ability in their 20s, so Moe-Lange trained with the 2014 Winter Olympics in mind. About a month ago, however, she received word from Denmark: Moe-Lange, a Danish citizen, had been selected to compete in the games, then just a few weeks distant.
The dream to compete in the Winter Olympics turned to reality ahead of schedule.
February 16, 2010
After the International Olympic Committee awarded the winter games to Vancouver in 2003, longtime Olympics fans in Issaquah hatched plans to attend. The games in nearby British Columbia mark the Olympics to open closest to Western Washington — closer than Salt Lake City, Utah, the host of the 2002 games, and Calgary, Alberta, the site of the 1988 competition. Read more
February 2, 2010
Issaquah councilman reappointed to transit board
King County Executive Dow Constantine reappointed Issaquah Councilman Fred Butler to the Sound Transit board of directors.
The regional board establishes policy and guides a system with almost 14 million riders per year on buses, commuter rail and light rail in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties.
“Councilmember Butler has been one of the most dedicated Sound Transit board members with whom I have had the pleasure to serve,” Constantine said in a statement. “He has ably chaired the Finance Committee for several years and was recently chosen as a vice chair of the Sound Transit Board for the coming year.”
Butler, elected to the City Council in 1999 and re-elected since, joined the Sound Transit board in 2003, after a recommendation from then-Executive Ron Sims. The former executive reappointed Butler to subsequent terms.
Butler serves alongside 16 other elected officials from King, Snohomish and Pierce counties. Constantine also serves on the board. State Department of Transportation Secretary Paula Hammond is the 18th board member.
The new board is scheduled to meet Jan. 14.
Constantine appointed three other local politicians to the board: Bellevue Councilwoman Claudia Balducci, new Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and new King County Councilwoman Jan Drago.
Besides Butler, the executive also reappointed King County Councilwoman Julia Patterson and King County Councilman Pete von Reichbauer.
“I believe that these appointees will continue the strong leadership needed as we plan and build more light rail in the coming years,” Constantine said.
After voters elected Constantine as executive in November, the executive-elect appointed Butler to his 30-person transition team. Butler had served alongside Constantine on the Sound Transit board in the past.
Wanted: Locals headed to the Winter Olympics Read more
January 26, 2010
January 5, 2010
As Vancouver, British Columbia, prepares for epic crowds and worldwide attention when the 2010 Winter Olympics begin next month, we want to hear from Issaquah residents with plans to attend the games. Read more