MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) —A South Florida inline skater who traded his wheels for ice skates, is headed to the Sochi Olympics, making him the second Cuban-American from Miami to make it to the U.S. Winter Olympic team.
Eddy Alvarez skated along South Beach as a kid. Next month, he will show off his skills on a much larger stage, competing in the sport of short track speedskating.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Temps In The 30s This Weekend
The 23-year-old Alvarez is the second Cuban-American from Miami 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.READ MORE: Possibility Of New Surfside Building Has Residents Worried
Alvarez says he nearly gave up his quest to reach the Olympics two years ago due to the pain of damaged knee tendons. He underwent surgery and spent weeks nearly immobile on the family couch.MORE NEWS: South Florida Winn Dixie & Fresco y Mas Pharmacies Expect To Get N95 Masks On Friday
The Winter Olympics take place Feb. 7 through Feb. 23 in southern Russia.