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Olympic medalist gets shot with White Sox
The White Sox are taking a flyer on Eddy Alvarez, the first Cuban-American male speed skater to perform in the Olympics who once gave up on his goal of being a professional baseball player to skate.
A standout shortstop in high school, the 24-year-old won a silver medal in the 5,000 meter relay at Winter Games in Soshi, and is now turning his attention to the Sox.
Alvarez told People Magazine that playing baseball has been a dream and at times he thought about quitting short track skating to play ball. A native of Miami, he walked onto the Salt Lake Community College baseball team, played shortstop and batted .303 after failing to make the Olympics in 2010.
“It was the first time I’d picked up a bat and ball in three years, and it turned out to be a breakout season for me,” he told People. “I was named to the All-Conference team and nominated for All-American.”
Alvarez is already getting situated at the Sox’ facility in Glendale, Ariz.