Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics final week / February 2010

March 4, 2010

Winter Olympian J.R. Celski greets Issaquah fans

March 4, 2010

NEW — 12:10 p.m. March 4, 2010

Federal Way native and bronze-medal speed skater J.R. Celski met more than 200 fans during a visit to the Issaquah branch of 24 Hour Fitness on Wednesday evening.

Maggie Iuppa, 9, of Klahanie, meets her Winter Olympics hero, J.R. Celski, on Wednesday at the new 24 Hour Fitness center on East Lake Sammamish Parkway. Maggie, a fourth-grader at Endeavour Elementary School, presented Celski with a shoebox diorama of the speed-skating oval where he won Olympic bronze last month. — Photo by Greg Farrar

For almost two hours, Celski signed autographs, posed for photographs and displayed one of the two bronze medals he won at the Vancouver Olympics last month. The stopover at 24 Hour Fitness — one of Celski’s sponsors — marked his first post-Olympics appearance in the Seattle area.

The skater earned bronze medals in the men’s 1,500-meter race and the men’s 5,000-meter relay at the just-concluded Vancouver Olympics.

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Olympic speed skater J.R. Celski visits Issaquah on Wednesday

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.

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Residents run for the border as Olympics open in Vancouver

February 16, 2010

Jo-Ellen Smith (center), a Cougar Mountain resident and Winter Olympics volunteer, cuts the ribbon at the Whistler, British Columbia, athletes’ village. Contributed

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