Winter Olympics Sochi 2014

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Speed Skater Eddy Alvarez Doesn't Qualify for 1,500-Meter Short Track Final

Miami speed skater Eddy Alvarez failed to qualify for the 1,500-meter short track final Monday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi

Monday, Feb 10, 2014  |  Updated 11:50 PM EDT
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NBC 6 reporter Julia Bagg caught up with South Florida speed skater Eddy Alvarez and his parents in Sochi’s Olympic Park – and discovered they have a special kind of communication they do when he’s competing. Mabel Alvarez demonstrated the unique way she cheers on her son.

NBC 6 reporter Julia Bagg caught up with South Florida speed skater Eddy Alvarez and his parents in Sochi’s Olympic Park – and discovered they have a special kind of communication they do when he’s competing. Mabel Alvarez demonstrated the unique way she cheers on her son.

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Miami speed skater Eddy Alvarez failed to qualify for the 1,500-meter short track final Monday at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Alvarez was penalized after he knocked Italy's Yuri Confortola sideways during his semifinal race, knocking him out of contention for the final.


Canadian Charles Hamelin won the gold medal in the finals while China's Han Tianyu took silver and Russian Viktor Ahn won bronze.

Alvarez's teammate J.R. Celski, from Federal Way, Wash., finished fourth.


Shortly before the event, Alvarez took to Twitter to discuss his emotions heading into the race.

"I wake up this morning. Realize that I'm about to step on Olympic ice. Excuse me if you see some tears in my eyes once I am gliding around," Alvarez posted.

Alvarez will still compete in the 500-meter and 1,000-meter events.

To find out how to watch Eddy Alvarez compete, click here.

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