Plastics News has found another plastics connection to the Winter Olympics: U.S. Women's Hockey player Amanda Pelkey is the niece of Tony Segale, general manager of resin distribution firm Genesis Polymers.
Pelkey is playing in her first Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after a standout career at the University of Vermont, where she became the women's hockey program's all-time leader in goals, assists and points.
Segale — whose firm is a unit of Ravago Americas of Orlando, Fla. — will travel to South Korea later this week to see his niece and her teammates try to win gold for the first time in 20 years.
In an email, he said that his sister and brother-in-law — Ann and John Pelkey — have made financial sacrifices to support Amanda throughout her hockey career.
The women's team already has won its first two games, beating Finland 3-1 on Feb. 11 and routing Olympic Athletes of Russia 5-0 on Feb. 13. Pelkey — a forward — was credited with an assist in the win over Russia.
The team next plays rival Canada, winner of the last four Olympic golds, on Feb. 15.