Eddy “The Jet” Alvarez’s performance in the Men’s 1500 event for short track speed skating will be televised tonight after 7 p.m. as part of NBC’s coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Within the past day Alvarez tweeted and posted on his Facebook page from Russia, “I wake up this morning. Realize that I’m about to step on Olympic ice. Excuse me if you see some tears in my eyes once I am gliding around.”
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.