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19 Minnesotans named to 2014 U.S. Olympic Team
The United States Olympic Committee today announced the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. The 230-member team is comprised of 105 women and 125 men – the largest athlete delegation for any nation in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. The United States will be represented in all 15 disciplines across seven sports, and up to 94 of the 98 medal events that will be contested in Sochi.
Nineteen athletes named to the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team hail from Minnesota, with the state's representation second only to California's 20 athletes. Eleven Minnesota athletes are competing in ice hockey, five are competing in curling, one in cross-country skiing, one in biathlon, and one in long track speedskating.
“We are thrilled to announce the 230 athletes who will represent Team USA in Sochi,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “This is the largest team we have ever sent to an Olympic Winter Games, and I’d like to commend all of those who helped support our athletes in the pursuit of their Olympic dreams. Most of all, this is a time to celebrate our athletes, who have made countless sacrifices and dedicated themselves to being their best, both on and off the ice and snow. I am very excited to watch them compete as they represent our nation with excellence and distinction on the world stage.”
The 2014 U.S. Olympic Team features 106 returning Olympians – including one five-time Olympian, two four-time Olympians, 10 three-time Olympians and 23 two-time Olympians. Returning from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the U.S. finished first in the overall medal count with 37 medals, are 99 U.S. Olympians. Overall, among the veterans are 49 Olympic medalists, 13 of whom are Olympic champions.
The 2014 Olympics begin Feb. 6 and Opening Ceremonies are scheduled for Feb. 7 in Sochi. The Olympic schedule can be found here.
The 19 Minnesota athletes are: (name, gender, sport discipline, height, weight, date of birth, hometown, events/position)
- David Backes M Ice Hockey 6-3 221 5/1/84 Minneapolis Minn. Men's
- Jessie Diggins F Skiing - Cross-Country 5-4 128 8/26/91 Afton Minn. TBD
- Justin Faulk M Ice Hockey 6-0 215 3/20/92 South St. Paul Minn. Men's
- Jeff Isaacson M Curling 5-8 185 7/14/83 Lakeland Minn. Men's
- John Landsteiner M Curling 5-11 185 5/19/90 Mapleton Minn. Men's
- Paul Martin M Ice Hockey 6-1 200 3/5/81 Elk River Minn. Men's
- Gigi Marvin F Ice Hockey 5-8 165 3/7/87 Warroad Minn. Women's
- Ryan McDonagh M Ice Hockey 6-1 213 6/13/89 St. Paul Minn. Men's
- Leif Nordgren M Biathlon 6-2 175 5/18/89 Marine on St. Croix Minn. Sprint, Pursuit, Individual, Mass Start, Relay, Mixed Relay
- T.J. Oshie M Ice Hockey 5-11 198 12/23/86 Warroad Minn. Men's
- Zach Parise M Ice Hockey 5-7 197 7/28/84 Minneapolis Minn. Men's
- Allison Pottinger F Curling 5-1 120 7/5/73 Eden Prairie Minn. Women's
- Anna Ringsred F Speedskating - Long Track 5-4 130 9/27/84 Duluth Minn. 3,000m
- Anne Schleper F Ice Hockey 5-10 170 1/30/90 St. Cloud Minn. Women's
- John Shuster M Curling 6-0 210 11/3/82 Chisholm Minn. Men's
- Lee Stecklein F Ice Hockey 6-0 170 4/23/94 Roseville Minn. Women's
- Derek Stepan M Ice Hockey 6-0 196 6/18/90 Hastings Minn. Men's
- Blake Wheeler M Ice Hockey 6-5 205 8/31/86 Robbinsdale Minn. Men's
- Jared Zezel M Curling 5-11 175 3/4/91 Hibbing Minn. Men's
2014 U.S. Olympic Team Fun Facts:
- Thirty-eight states are represented, including 20 athletes hailing from California, 19 from both Colorado and Minnesota, and 18 from New York.
- The oldest and youngest Olympians on the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team – women’s curler Ann Swishelm, 46, and freestyle skier Maggie Voisin, 15 – are separated by 31 years, while the average age is 26.
- Men’s ice hockey forward Blake Wheeler is the tallest member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team at 6 feet, 5 inches, and standing 5 feet tall, figure skater Marissa Castelli and short track speedskater Jessica Smith are the shortest members of Team USA.
- Team USA features one set of twins in women’s ice hockey players Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux. Other team siblings include cross-country skiers Sadie and Erik Bjornsen, curlers Erika and Craig Brown, Nordic combined athletes Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, snowboarders Arielle and Taylor Gold, ice hockey players Amanda and Phil Kessel, and figure skaters Maia and Alex Shibutani.
- Twenty-two members of Team USA have children; there are 19 fathers and three mothers.
- Seven athletes serve in the U.S. Army’s World Class Athlete Program – including men’s bobsled athletes Nick Cunningham, Chris Fogt, Steven Holcomb, Justin Olsen and Dallas Robinson; and luge athletes Preston Griffall and Matt Mortensen.
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(Above: the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey Team USA 2014 Sochi Olympics.Three athletes are from Minn. Photo: TeamUSA)