The 2022 Winter Olympics are underway and once again, there is a great connection to Buffalo and Western New York.

I was driving through the beautiful village of East Aurora and noticed this large sign that shows the pride the village has for an athlete at this year's games.

East Aurora Roots For Kaitlin Hawayek

Kaitlin Hawayek is part of the Ice Dance competition and will represent the United States at the games in Beijing this year. Kaitlin is formerly from the Buffalo area and attended Nardin Academy High School! The games have been pretty exciting so far and, for me, the stories behind the athletes are always incredible. Watching the passion and determination these athletes have is amazing. Whether they win or fall short, I can only imagine what it must feel like to represent the United State on the world stage at the Olympics.

Good luck Kaitlin and the rest of Team USA!

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