Friday, February 21, 2014

SLCC baseball star helps end Olympic speedskating medals drought

Salt Lake Community College shortstop Eddy Alvarez helped the U.S. Speedskating team win silver Friday in the 5,000-meter short track relay. Russia took the gold while China finished third.

The U.S. long track team did not win a medal in 12 events, while the short track team had not reached the podium through seven events prior to Friday. The 5,000 was Alvarez’s fifth of five scheduled events during the Olympics.

Photo via US Speed Skating Instagram
The Miami-born son of Cuban immigrants moved to Utah to train at the world-renowned Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. While in Utah he attended Salt Lake Community College and in 2011 walked on to the College’s baseball team as a shortstop, batting an impressive .303 and making the All-Conference team.

Alvarez, 24, fought back from double knee surgery in 2012 to make the U.S. Olympic speed skating team. He said his plans are to give up speed skating after the Olympics to pursue baseball while returning to SLCC.