US Olympian Julie Chu carries the American Flag as part of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. [Image Source: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images]

Asian Americans Shine for Team USA in Sochi


Reaching the end of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, Team USA finished second in total medals. Among this group of elite athletes, various Asian American athletes represented the United States and finished with commendable results.

Filipino-Polish American John R. Celski lead the relay team to silver in the men’s 5000m event, an improvement on his bronze medal at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. He also came in 4th in the 1,500m individual race last week.

Julie Chu, captain of the women’s ice hockey team, just missed out on gold, achieving a silver medal in women’s ice hockey. Team USA lost to Canada 3-2 in an overtime thriller, and Chu was chosen as the flag bearer for Team USA at the Sochi closing ceremony.

Other notable Asian Americans in Team USA include Chinese American Madison Chock, finishing in 8th place with partner Evan Bates in the paired free dance figure skating and Japanese American siblings Alex and Maia Shibutani finishing 9th place in the ice dance.

To learn more about Team USA and their achievements in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, click here.

Tim Su is a University of Sydney Intern at the East-West Center in Washington.