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OLYMPIC INTERVIEW: Team USA Speed Skater Patrick Meek

One of the athletes expected to bring some hardware home from the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi is American speed skater Patrick Meek.
KNWA -- The 2014 Winter Olympics are just one month away! Games begin in Sochi, Russia on February 7, and KNWA will be there to cover all the action! One of the athletes expected to bring home some hardware is American speed skater Patrick Meek. He's a third generation skater who already has tons of trophies on his shelf, including U.S. records in the 25,000m & 50,000m. You can learn more about Meek below!

The Sochi Olympic Games will be Meek's first, and he says the stiffest competition will be speed skaters from the Netherlands, Russia, Germany and Norway, but he says he and Team USA have a secret weapon.

"I think the one advantage us Americans have every single time we're at the Olympics is that we have the support of 300 million Americans when we step to the line," Meek says. "When you have that many people cheering you on, you can only feel like you have support and success."

Recent reports on the deadly December bombing in Volgograd, Russia are raising concerns about safety during the Sochi Games, but Meek says the U.S. Olympic Committee is working to keep the athletes safe.

"I can understand how Americans would worry about Team USA when we're in Sochi, given all the news, but we actually just got some information about the security the USOC is developing for us as we get over to Sochi, and I can guarantee you the U.S. Olympic Committee is doing everything in its power to protect Team USA," Meek reassures fans. "After hearing the details, I feel more secure than ever."

To hear more from Patrick Meek, watch our entire, uncut interview above.

Be sure to keep it on KNWA during the month of February! Our own Neile Jones will report live from Sochi throughout the Olympic Games, which start with Opening Ceremonies on Friday, February 7!

For more information, CLICK HERE.


More information about Patrick Meek:

College:
University of Utah
Sport: Speed skating with a focus on the 5,000 meter, 10,000 meter and team pursuit races.
Over the past six years, Patrick Meek has been training in Salt Lake City, Utah and has developed into one of the premier distance skaters in the country. Meek is a member of the U.S. National team, focusing primarily on the 5000 meter, 10,000 meter and team pursuit races. Speed Skating has a long history in his family and upbringing; both his grandfather and dad were avid speed skaters. Meek has been skating since the age of two and has developed a lifelong love for the sport. He is a member of the Team USA Athlete Career Program and when he is not training he can be found working as a Concierge at the Waldorf Astoria Park City.
Results/Awards:
  •  Overall 2009-2010 American Cup Series Champion in three distances (1500m, 500m, and 10,000m)
  •  U.S. World Cup Team Member (2007-present)
  •  U.S. National Speed Skating Team (2005-present)
  •  Member of 2007 World University Games Team (Turin, Italy)
  •  2nd place overall 2007-2008 American Cup Series (5000m/10,000m)
  •  11th place 2007 World University Games (10,000m)
  •  Two time 10,000m U.S. Single Distance National Champion (2006 and 2007)
  •  3rd place 2007 U.S. National Single Distance Championship (5,000m)
  •  5th place 2006 U.S. Olympic Trials (10,000m)
  •  Member of 2005 Junior World Team (Seinjoki, Finland)
  •  Bronze Medal 2005 Junior World Championship (Team Pursuit)
  •  2003: U.S. Intermediate Short Track National Champion
  •  Member of U.S. Junior Elite Short Track team (2000-2005)
  •  2012: Finished 1st in the 3000M at the Salt Lake City Time Trials
  •  2013: US Record in the 25,000M and 50,000M at the Milwaukee National Speed Skating Marathon
  •  2013: Finished 3rd in the 10,000M at the North American/Oceana Regional Qualifier
  •  2013: Finished 13th in the 5,000M at the Essent ISU World Cup in Inzell, Germany
  •  2013: Finished 2nd in the 10,000M at the Essent ISU World Cup in Erfurt, Germany
To learn more about Patrick Meek, CLICK HERE to visit his website.
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