Eight Connecticut athletes are expected to compete in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which continue through Feb. 23 in Sochi, Russia.

Four of the Connecticut residents come from Fairfield County and one comes from Milford, just across the Housatonic River from Shelton. (See a list of the Connecticut participants below.)

Athletes from 88 countries will compete in the Olympics.

Prime-time coverage is offered on NBC-TV stations.

Connecticut athletes and hometowns

The Connecticut competing athletes, taken from a list compiled by the U.S. Olympic Committee and based on the athletes’ hometowns, not current residence, are:

ICE HOCKEY:

Julie Chu (Fairfield)

Max Pacioretty (New Canaan)

Jonathan Quick (Milford)

Kevin Shattenkirk (Greenwich)

LUGE:

Tucker West (Ridgefield)

SKIING:

Mac Bohonnon (Madison)

Eliza Outtrim (Hamden)

SNOWBOARDING:

Lindsey Jacobellis (Roxbury)

Read profiles of all the U.S. Olympians, including those from Connecticut, at www.nbcolympics.com/athletes/all.

Malloy offers congratulations

On Thursday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy congratulated the Connecticut athletes competing in the Winter Games and wished them the best in their competitions.

“We are honored to have a talented, exceptional group of Olympic competitors who hail from Connecticut and will represent our state and our nation in one of the most prominent sporting events in the world,” Malloy said.

“These athletes represent the best in their fields, and I guarantee that there will be a strong contingent of us back home in Connecticut cheering them on as they stand in front of the world representing the United States,” he said. “I wish all of the athletes the best of luck.”