U.S. Olympic speedskater brings Houston Strong spirit to PyeongChang

Rare | 2/18/2018 | Gerald Hanks
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From Carl Lewis to Simone Biles, Houston athletes are no strangers to the Olympic Games.

That said, as many locals know, Houston weather is not often conducive to producing athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics, but Jonathan Garcia is attempting to change this reality:

Garcia - Inline - Skater - Youngster - Katy

Garcia, 31, reportedly started out as an inline skater as a youngster in Katy.

In 2006, the U.S. Olympic Committee recruited Garcia and other inline skaters to switch to ice skating events:

Time - Blessing - Time - Team - Competition

“I came in at the perfect time, which was a blessing but also really tough. It’s been the hardest time to make the team, and the competition has been insane,” Garcia said in an interview with the Houston Chronicle. “I’ve been fortunate to be around some of the best ever to do it, like (gold medalists) Chad Hedrick and Shani Davis.”

After some tough luck and some rules changes that kept him off the Olympic team in 2014, Garcia...
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