TIME TO START THE COUNTDOWN TO PEA-YOUNG CHANG…THERE ARE 100 DAYS UNTIL THE START OF THE OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES IN SOUTH KOREA…BRIAN:..24 HOUR NEWS EIGHT WILL BE THERE — COVERING THE GAMES FROM START TO FINISH..JACK DOLES WILL BE IN SOUTH KOREA TO BRING YOU ALL OF OUR LOCAL CONNECTIONS..SUE:..HE JOINS US WITH THE STORY OF ONE OF THOSE CONNECTIONS NOW.. 3 JACK:..GRAND RAPIDS NATIVES… MATT AND MIKE KOOREMAN HAVE PROMINENT ROLES WITH THE U-S SPEEDSKATING TEAM…AND IT’S FITTING THE BROTHERS WILL BE THERE TOGETHER…BECAUSE THIS SPORT… HAS BEEN SUCH A BIG PART OF THE KOOREMAN FAMILY 3 APRIL 15… 1990..WE FEATURED A LOCAL MINISTER WITH A PASSION FOR SPEEDSKATING.. [SOT- “I HAVE SOME CHILDREN OF MY OWN WHO ARE INTERESTED IN IT.”]WERE THEY EVER..FAST FORWARD TO NOW…. THOSE CHILDREN WILL BE LEADING THE U-S SPEEDSKATING TEAM IN PYEONGCHANG….[NAT SOUND MIKE COACHING- ]MATT KOOREMAN IS THE HEAD COACH OF THE U-S LONG TRACK TEAM..[SOT- 8:23:54 “IT’S A COMPLETE HONOR TO REPRESENT TEAM USA]HIS BROTHER MIKE WILL BE A TEAM LEADER..IN HIS WILDEST DREAMS… PETE KOOREMAN COULD NOT HAVE ANTICIPATED HIS LOVE FOR THE SPORT….COULD HAVE TURNED INTO THIS..[SOT MATT 8:25:52 “I THINK JUST THAT PASSION THAT HE HAD FOR THE 3 SPORT REALLY KIND OF CARRIED OVER.”][SOT MIKE 8:15:37 “100 PERCENT. IT WAS ALWAYS A SUPPORTIVE.. NURTURING THING.”] IT DID TAKE SOME NURTURING TO GET MATT TO KEEP PUTTING ON THE LONG BLADES..NOT FOR THE REASONS YOU’D THINK THOUGH..HE ALWAYS LOVED TO SKATE[SOT- 8:26:29 MATT “WHEN YOU’RE LEARNING AND YOU’RE IN TIGHTS. YOU LOOK SILLY AND YOU’RE IN TIGHTS… NOT THE BEST COMBINATION.”]THE THIRST FOR COMPETITION… AND SOME EARLY SUCCESS… HELPED MATT GET OVER THE HURDLE OF SELF CONSCIOUSNESSNOW AS A COACH.. HIS JOB IS TO HELP U-S ATHLETES GET OVER HURDLES THEY FACE..[SOT- 8:24:48 MATT “REALLY WHAT I DO I THINK.. IS MORE SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST THAN ANYTHING ELSE.”][NAT SOUND MATT TALKING TO AN ATHLETE] [SOT- 8:15 MIKE “I’M SUPER PROUD OF HIM… HE’S TAKEN THIS TEAM OF ATHLETES.. WHO WERE PRETTY GOOD PERFORMERS AND TURNED IT INTO A SOLID TEAM WHERE ANYONE THAT’S ON THIS TEAM RIGHT NOW CAN MAKE SOMETHING HAPPEN IN THE GAMES.”]THE FEELING IS MUTUAL.. MIKE IS MATT’S CLOSEST CONFIDANT..HE’LL TREASURE THE CHANCE TO SHARE THIS MOMENT WITH HIS BROTHER..ALL THE WHILE… LEANING ON HIM IN TIMES OF NEED[SOT- MATT 8:24:01 IT’S AWESOME THAT MIKE’S THERE. I’VE COUNTED ON HIM FOR ADVICE THROUGH THE YEARS AS I’VE STARTED COACHING ON THIS TEAM. AND EVEN YEARS BEFORE COACHING ON DIFFEERENT LEVELS. … WHEN TIMES ARE A LITTLE STRESSFUL AND PEOPLE AREN’T PERFORMING.. HE’S THERE FOR ME… AS MY BROTHER… BUT ALSO ON A PROFESSIONAL LEVEL.. IT’S KIND OF A COOL COMBINNATION I GET TO HAVE.”] 3 JACK:..ADDING TO THE FAMILY THEME..MIKE’S WIFE… JESSICA… IS ONE OF THE TOP SHORT TRACK SPEEDSKATERS IN THE UNITED STATES..SHE’S EXPECTED TO EARN A SPOT ON THE U-S TEAM..AND CONTEND FOR A MEDAL… 3 3 JACK:..THE KOOREMAN BROTHERS.. FORMER GRIFFINS ASSISTANT COACH JIM PAEK… HE’S THE HEAD COACH OF THE SOUTH KOREAN HOCKEY TEAM..MUSKEGON’S MARK GRIMMETTE…HE’S THE DIRECTOR OF THE U-S LUGE PROGRAM.. MUSKEGON’S JACOB HYRNES IS AN OLYMPIC HOPEFUL IN LUGE..THOSE ARE SOME OF THE PEOPLE WE’LL BE FOLLOWING IN PYEONG-CHANG

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