Mon February 24, 2014
Speed Skater Jordan Malone Only Texan to Medal at Sochi
Speedskater Jordan Malone waves the Texas flag in Sochi. (Via Instagram)
Four Texans represented Team USA at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but only one athlete came back with a medal.
Denton native Jordan Malone clinched the silver in the speed skating 5,000-meter relay along with teammates, J.R. Celski, Chris Creveling and Eduardo Alvarez on Friday. The team finished behind Russia.
This is Malone’s first Olympic silver medal of his career. He competed in the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010, where he earned a bronze medal in the same event.
The performance came during the team's last chance to medal. U.S. speedskaters were shut out of 12 long track events and the first seven short track races.
Malone also competed in the speed skating short track 500-meter and 1,500-meter events at Sochi but did not advance. Malone is the only short track speed skater in the U.S. to compete in all of the past five World Championship events from 2005-2009. In addition, he was a member of the 2008 World Short Track Team Championships gold-medal team.
The three other Texan Olympians did not see podium time. Speedskater Jonathan Garcia from Houston finished 28th in the 1,000-meter event. Bobsledder Justin Olsen, Vancouver Olympics and multiple World Championships gold-medalist from San Antonio, failed to medal with his four-man team this time around. Johnny Quinn, football-player-turned-bobsledder from McKinney, also did not medal with his four-man team.
Team USA came in second to Russia with an overall medal count of 28. The team ranked fourth in gold medals with nine.