YOUNG OLYMPIC HOPEFULS CHASE THEIR DREAMS IN NICK NEWS WITH LINDA ELLERBEE "GOING FOR COLD GOLD," PREMIERING TUESDAY, DEC. 10, AT 8PM (ET/PT) ON NICKELODEON
NEW YORK, Dec. 6, 2013 - Young American athletes share their stories and dreams of making it to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in the brand-new Nick News with Linda Ellerbee special, "Going For Cold Gold," premiering Tuesday Dec. 10, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon. The special explores the daily sacrifices they make in order to be successful in their sport.
"Watching those girls play, something clicked, and I just realized I want to be in the Olympics. I want to play for Team USA. And I want to win a gold medal," says Jincy Dunne, a 16-year-old women's hockey player from O'Fallon, Miss.
"We're not just trying to be the best in the U.S. because we already are. We're trying to be the best in the world," says Sarah Chen, an 18-year-old speed skater from San Marino, Calif.
Aaron Blunck, a 17-year-old freestyle skier from Crested Butte, Colo. says he's been on the snow since he was 18 months old. "The Olympic dream has given me a ton of purpose in my life I think."
Seth Jones, a 19-year-old hockey player from Frisco, Texas, thought his dreams had already come true when he earned a spot on the Nashville Predators. But when he found out he had a chance to play on the Olympic team, he couldn't believe it. "If I were to be picked for the Olympic team, that would be unbelievable. It'd be a huge honor and I would be so happy to go over there and represent my country."
While these kids make great sacrifices, they also realize how lucky they are to have this opportunity. "I mean, I'm 17 years old and I'm traveling around the world and snowboarding for a living," says Arielle Gold of Steamboat Springs, Colo. "...not many kids my age can say that."
"Some favor the Winter Games. Others prefer the Summer Games," says Ellerbee. "I like to think the Olympic Games celebrate the springtime of humanity, an always fresh time and ever changing place where nations can come together in peaceful competition. This is why the Olympic Games belong to everybody."
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