I am cheering for the ice skaters representing Israel at the Olympic Games in Sochi (“For Israel’s skaters, Olympic training is New Jersey state of mind,” February 7). Given that I ice skate at the Ice House in Hackensack and love the sport, it was exciting to learn that the Ice House has been home to figure skaters Evgeni Krasnapolsky, 25, a Ukrainian, and Andrea Davidovich, 16, an American, and to Alexei Bychenko, 25, also a Ukrainian, who grew up in Israel. They are representing Israel at the Olympic Games. They have been in training year-round at the Ice House due to a lack of ice rinks and top-notch coaches in Israel. The Ice House is a terrific training ground known internationally.
While in training, most of the skaters live in Hackensack, less than a mile from the Ice House, and Andrea Davidovich lives with her family, a 40-minute drive away.
Good luck to the skaters representing Israel. May they bring home the gold!