In Olympic first, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Sochi Olympics: “use sport for social change, equality”

In an Olympic first, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today addressed the International Olympic Committee Session in advance of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. “Today I am in Sochi to witness countries uniting in a spirit of friendly competition and goodwill,” he said on the final day before the Games’ Opening Ceremony. It was the first time that a UN Secretary-General had attended an IOC Session, according to IOC’s press release. Ban Ki-moon praised the joint efforts of the UN and the IOC to use sport as a tool for social change, describing the two organizations as teammates. “That team – the United Nations and the IOC – are not competing on the ski slopes or skating rinks,” he said in the press release. Continue Reading

Minnesota Wild Zach Parise named captain of Sochi Olympic hockey team

Minneapolis native Zach Parise has been named captain of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. USA Hockey announced Friday that Parise, a Minnesota Wild forward who served as an alternate captain for the 2010 Olympic silver medal-winning U.S. team, would be the captain for the 2014 squad which will compete in the upcoming Winter Games in Sochi, according to Dan Scifo of TeamUSA. “Los Angeles Kings’ captain Dustin Brown and Parise’s teammate, Minnesota Wild alternate captain Ryan Suter, were named alternate captains for the 2014 U.S. Olympic Team. Brown and Suter were alternate captains on the U.S. team in 2010. Brown has captained the Kings for six seasons, winning a Stanley Cup in 2012, while Suter has served as an alternate in Minnesota the past two years,” writes Scifo for TeamUSA’s website. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading