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      Olympic short-track speedskater speaks at NMU

      Heâ??s a man of many hats.

      Heâ??s a motivational speaker, electrical engineer, and Olympic short-track speedskater.

      Jordan Malone captured the hearts of many during his recent run in the Sochi Winter Olympics. There, he won a silver medal for Team USA in the 5,000-meter relay, having already earned a bronze medal in that same event in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

      He gave his first ever presentation at a university in front of several Northern Michigan students and faculty, titled â??Testing Mettle, Earning Medals.â??

      Malone engaged his audience with stories about growing up and training for the Olympics, his various injuries, and his time at the United States Olympic Education Center at NMU.

      Even though the 29-year-old has made the podium several times, his favorite moment of the Olympics was the opening ceremonies.

      â??[My teammates and I] are sitting in the gates and they bring us out alphabetically,â?? Malone said. â??We pushed our way in front of the line. They say â??Go USAâ??, and youâ??re about to explode and go out to orbit. You canâ??t put it in words. Itâ??s the most amazing thing to be down there and having your whole country look at you.â??

      â??Iâ??m an underdog,â?? Malone continued. â??You have a lot of time to think about what makes you, you and what brought you to this level. Iâ??ve relied almost completely on heart and drive to get me where I am. I believe that thatâ??s a message that I can teach to people and kidsâ?|that disabilities are a state of mind.â??

      Malone is unsure if he will return for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. For the moment, he is focusing on his two other passions: electrical engineering and motivational speaking.