Florida represents at Sochi (now with even more injury updates!)

Even though all signs point to the non-sporting side of the Sochi Winter Olympics being a farce -- or worse, a potential terrorist heaven -- to anyone not there enduring the awful accommodations, packs of wild dogs and apparent government surveillance, it should be the sports we're thinking of. The US is sending a huge delegation of atheletes, almost 250 men and women from 38 (mostly Northern) states.

As you might expect, the squad is fairly thin when it comes to Floridians -- in fact, there are only 3.

Speed skating

Eddy Alvarez


500m, 1,000m, 1,500m, 5,000m Relay

from: Miami

Brittany Bowe


500m, 1,000m, 1,500m

From: Ocala

Joey Mantia


1,000m, 1,500m

From: Ocala

...and they're all speed skaters. I hope you guys like speed skating. Speed skating.

So, you want to root for something else having to do with Florida, but what are your options?

Well, hockey. Good old hockey.

The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning have several players each heading to Sochi to try and win gold.

Florida Panthers

Aleksander Barkov, Center (UPDATE: injured at tournament)


Tomas Kopecky, Right Wing (UPDATE: injured at tournament, status unknown)


Tampa Bay Lightning

Steven Stamkos, Center (injured, out of tournament)


Martin St. Louis, Right Wing (injury replacement)


Valtteri Filppula, Center (UPDATE: injured, out of tournament)


Sami Salo, Defense


Ondrej Palat, Left Wing

Czech Republic

Radko Gudas, Defense

Czech Republic

Richard Panik, Right Wing


Kristers Gudlevskis, Goaltender (minor leaguer)


The 2014 Winter Olympics begin tonight on NBC and nbcolympics.com.

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