Raising Olympians: Warren's Three Reed Siblings Competing In Sochi Olympics
By BRENDA A. NEMCEK
February 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM
WARREN, NJ - Warren will be watching the Olympics this year with eyes on the Reed siblings; Cathy, Chris and Allison.
With two days remaining until the first competition day of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, NBC premiered a special "How to Raise an Olympian," on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
"How to Raise an Olympian" was hosted by "Today" correspondent and opening ceremony co-host Meredith Vieira. Produced by Weiden & Kennedy for P&G, "How to Raise an Olympian" expanded on P&G's "Thank You Mom: Raising an Olympian" campaign and the challenges overcome by the mothers and families of Olympians, as well as the love and support provided, were featured.
Noriko Reed should have been included. She has raised three Olympians. All ice dancers.
Cathy Reed (born June 5, 1987) and Chris Reed (born July 7, 1989) are the 5-time Japanese national champions (2008 - 2011, 2013).
Younger sister Allison Reed (born June 8, 1994) attended Warren Middle School and Watchung Hills Regional High School.
All three competed in the 2010 Olympics and will be competing in Sochi 2014.
Born in Kalamazoo, Mich., to an American father and Japanese mother, Cathy and Chris compete in ice dance for Japan, while sister Allison competes in the same event for Israel, along with her partner Vasili Rogov, who was born in Minsk, Belarus.
Before being matched up with Rogov, Allison competed for the country of Georgia with partner,Georgian Otar Japaridze in the 2010 Olympics. All three of the siblings are from Warren Township and now train in Hackensack.
Cathy began ice dancing when she was 13. Chris joined her when he was 11 and they improved as he grew with younger sister Allison watching from the sidelines. In 2006 Cathy and Chris won the United States novice championships.
Chris and Cathy:
Allison and Vasili
Given the recent terror threats, being the mom of an Olympian is even more difficult.
On Wednesday night, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said that the United States is advising airlines with direct flights serving Russia to be aware of the possibility that explosive materials could be concealed in toothpaste or cosmetic tubes.
Conditions for the athletes are reportedly fine, however, the media has encountered some less than ideal conditions.
Journalist Stacy St. Clair tweeted, "My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014
The 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the first time that the Russian Federation will have hosted the Winter Games; the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The host city Sochi has a population of 400,000 people and is situated in Krasnodar, which is the third largest region in Russia.
The Games are organised in two clusters: a coastal cluster for ice events in Sochi, and a mountain cluster located in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains. This will make it one of the most compact Games ever, with around 30 minutes travel time from the coastal to mountain cluster.
The Sochi Olympic Park was built along the Black Sea coast in the Imeretinskaya Valley, where all the ice venues such as the Bolshoi Ice Palace, the Maly Ice Palace, the Olympic Oval, the Sochi Olympic Skating Centre, the Olympic Curling Centre, the Central Stadium, the Main Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre, were built for the 2014 Games.
The mountain cluster in Krasnaya Polyana will host all the skiing and sliding sports.
The ice dancing competition of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held at the Iceberg Skating Palace in Sochi, Russia. The short dance will be held on February 19, and the free dance will be held on February 20.