Getting to know Olympic Pair Skater Nathan Bartholomay with this week's "10 questions"

TAMPA, Fla - Are you ever curious about the real lives of politicians, celebrities, local newsmakers and athletes?
 
Each week, ABC Action News asks 10 questions of a Bay area leader, politician or even national celebrity.
 
We go beyond the questions that are news of the day. After all sometimes, we want know more about them. What's their favorite music? Greatest success? And who do they look up to?

This month as many as engrossed in the Winter Olympics in Sochi. We wanted to profile some of the athletes trying for the gold.

Several of the ice skaters have been practicing in our own backyard at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex. http://ellentonice.com/

This week, we hear from pair skater, Nathan Bartholomay!

Nathan and his partner Felicia Zhang unfortunately did not take home a medal. They placed 12th in pairs figure skating.

But both are so pleased to have made it this far. This was their first trip to the Olympics after training all year right here in Ellenton.

They secured their spot after earning a silver medal at the U.S. Championships in January.

And, Nathan said, he is confident they will be back for another try.

The 24 year old is originally from Pennsylvania.

When asked in one interview, Nathan said his clearest Olympic memory goes back to when he was eleven years old.

He told me bering able to compete in the games has been a dream of his since a young child. And, he considers making the team his biggest accomplishment as you will soon read.

Felicia is his third female partner. The two started skating together back in May of 2011.

Nathan has received numerous awards. Among the highlights Nathan is a is a two-time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion, winning the silver in 2012 as mentioned as well as bronze in 2013.

When I met Nathan, I asked him he was concerned about the security at the Olympic games. In recent weeks, prior to the event there were threats of terror attacks. He said not all, feeling confident that the Olympic committees would not put them in harm's way. He was also confident in he U.S. government stepping in.

I found both he and Felicia so charming and so dedicated to pursuing their dream. They are two young people who we should be very proud of representing our country!

I hope you enjoy Nathan's answers, read more........


1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?

 The Italian Job

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what's your favorite app?

Yes, Twitter

3. Who do you count as your mentor(s)?

Our Coach, Jim Peterson

4. What was your very first job?

Lawn mowing

5. If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?

I would want to be taller.

6. What do you consider your greatest success?

Making the 2014 Olympic Team!

7. Tell us something about you most people don't know?

 I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I played baseball

8. If  you could have dinner with any three people, living or dead, who would they be?

Zdeno Chara of the Bruins, Albert Einstein and Shaun White

9. What is in your fridge right now?

Eggs and one orange. (The same answer as Felicia. Apparently, the pair live together. But they are not a couple. I asked after looking at the great picture of them posted. Their publicist said they aren't romantically linked-but would be a cute couple!)

10. If you could have a different career, other then what you're doing now, what would it be?

Snow boarding


Stay tuned next week. More answers from Olympic athletes -a hint the other pair in my report below!

www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_sarasota_manatee/despite-terror-attacks-in-russia-local-athletes-feel-safe-and-continue-to-train-for-olympics


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