- Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter
- Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation in South Korea
- Militants kill 14 Algerian soldiers in ambush
- Unbeliebable: White House turns Bieber petition response into immigration screed
- Obama signs law denying Iran ambassador’s visa, but says law is ‘advisory’
- Mich. judge to laughing convicted killer: ‘I hope you die in prison’
- Man charged in Kansas City-area highway shootings
- Keystone XL pipeline still on hold after State Dept. decision
- Fla. man charged with killing 16-month-old son to play Xbox undisturbed
- Drones from the deep: Pentagon develops ocean-floor attack robots
Miami Beach skater heads to Olympics
MIAMI (AP) - A South Florida inline skater who traded his wheels for ice skates is headed to the Sochi Olympics.
Eddy Alvarez loved skating along South Beach as a kid, doing tricks at Lummus Park when he was just 5. Next month, he will show off his skills on a much larger stage, competing in the sport of short track speedskating.
The 23-year-old Alvarez is the second Cuban-American from the Miami region to make the U.S. Winter Olympic team. Two-time bronze medalist and four-time Olympian speedskater Jennifer Rodriguez used to train at the same ice arena.
Rodriguez, who will be watching from the sidelines, says she is excited for Eddy and believes he has a good shot for a medal.
Alvarez says he nearly gave up his quest to reach the Olympics two years ago due to the pain of two torn knee tendons. He underwent surgery and spent months nearly immobile on the family couch. He stuck with rehab, though, and earned a personal best at the Olympic trials. An avid baseball player as well as a skater, Alvarez said he’s had to give up baseball in order to make it to the Olympics. His knees could only take so much.
The Winter Olympics take place Feb. 7 through Feb. 23 in southern Russia.
Women losing coverage under Obamacare, too
- Scalia to students on high taxes: At a certain point, 'perhaps you should revolt'
- Former Ranger breaks silence on Pat Tillman death: I may have killed him
- Special Forces' suicide rates hit record levels casualties of 'hard combat'
- Feds approve powdered alcohol; 'Palcohol' available later this year
- EDITORIAL: Mark Warner running scared?
- CHARLES: Holder's undermining of the law deserving of contempt
- Army goes to war with National Guard, seizes Apache attack helicopters
- Justice at last: 'Evil woman' outed for grabbing girl's game ball
- 'Deport Bieber' petition draws no comment from White House
- Critics rail against liberal bias for commencement speakers
Top 10 handguns in the U.S.