Texas Athletes Competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics


One of the first Texans to qualify for Pyeongchang is a familiar face from Sochi.

Jonathan Garcia secured his spot last week at the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials. 

“It was pretty awesome I feel like it was just as exciting as making it the first time,” Garcia said. “Maybe a little bit sweeter the second time just because I know what’s coming.”

The Houston native will have his family making the trip to cheer him on, including his number one fan, his mother.

My mom’s been pretty committed to going since probably May or June regardless if I made the team,” Garcia said.

As of Monday, another Houstonian’s Olympic dream became a reality.

Sam McGuffie, who got his start on the Cy-Fair high school football field then went on to play for Michigan,  Rice and the NFL. Now he’s competing for the U.S. Bobsled team. 

“It’s like being put in a dumpster and then pushed off a double black ski slope,” McGuffie said.

Another Texan will be in the driver seat of the bobsled, Justin Olsen from San Antonio, another former college football player. He is going to his third straight Olympic games.

And there’s one more bobsled team with a Texas connection.

These three Nigerian women raised 75-thousand dollars on a GoFundme page to pay for their road to the Olympics.

The driver, Seun Adigun who represented her home country at the London Olympics in hurdles also ran track for the University of Houston.

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