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[February 19, 2010]  The Winter Olympics are getting strong television ratings this week. The Gleason family and friends throughout the county certainly have been doing their part to boost those ratings, and there are plenty of Gleasons. As Dorothy Gleason said with a laugh, "Have you ever looked up Gleason in the phone book?"

InsuranceThe reason the family and friends are so in tune to the games is that Tim Gleason is playing for the U.S. hockey team as a defenseman. And this Gleason does have local roots, being born in Elkhart before the family moved to Clawson, Mich.

Tim is Dorothy's brother-in-law's grandson, and everyone is proud that the name Gleason is involved with the Olympics.

Family members have had shirts made up with Tim's face and the number 4 on them to help keep family pride going as the U.S. hockey team makes its way through the grueling round robin in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Tim's skill level is obvious as you watch him play, but the NHL already knew that. Gleason was drafted by the L.A. Kings in 2004 and now plays professionally for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 'Canes are proud of Tim as well, keeping the latest news about the U.S. team and their team member updated on their Web site. (Carolina Hurricanes)

Dorothy says the Gleasons and friends all intend to get together Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at the Lincoln Knights of Columbus to watch the next game together.

She expects a good turnout as family and county members gather to root on Team U.S.A.

If just Gleasons show up, it could be a crowd.




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