Western New England Golden Bears have Ties to Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

Western New England Golden Bears have Ties to Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia
SPRINGFIELD, Mass.--Separated by 5,181 miles and 9 hours in time, Western New England University and Sochi, Russia--site of the Winter Olympics--are closer than you think thanks to family bloodlines.

Megan Clune, a sophomore lacrosse midfielder from Scotia, N.Y., (Scotia-Glenville High School) majoring in sport management, is a first-cousin of Andrew Weibrecht. Weibrecht won a silver medal in alpine skiing in the super-G on Sunday, just .30 seconds off the winning time. Megan's father and Andrew's mother are siblings.

A former member of the Western New England football program, Ryan Bellamy (Riverside, R.I./East Providence HS) is rooting for his cousin, Kacey Bellamy, to win Gold in the women's ice hockey final against rival Canada on Thursday. Kacey, a native of Westfield who played youth hockey at Amelia Park Ice Arena, earned a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Ryan, who played wing for the Golden Bears from 2010-12, is in his senior year as a mechanical engineering major.