CHICAGO -- The state of Illinois is celebrating its Olympians.
Gov. Pat Quinn put out a news release Wednesday honoring athletes from Illinois who are competing in the Winter Olympics. The list of eleven athletes includes speed skaters, figure skaters, hockey players, a bobsledder and a member of the women’s curling team.
The Olympics start Thursday in the Russian city of Sochi. The opening ceremony is Friday.
The state of Illinois has started a website featuring biographic information on Illinois athletes. It also includes information on where winter sports activities are available in Illinois.
Quinn also honored members of the Chicago Blackhawks who are playing Olympic hockey. Ten Chicago Blackhawks players are competing for five different countries. Blackhawks player Patrick Kane is on the U.S. team.