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USOC announces 230-member 2014 U.S. Olympic Team, 55 athletes share ties to the state of Utah - February, 10, 2014

June 23 2014

                              USOC announces 230-member 2014 U.S. Olympic Team,
                                           55 athletes share ties to the state of Utah
 
PARK CITY, UT (February 3, 2014) – Since the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Games, the Olympic spirit has continued to thrive in the state of Utah. The 2013/14 winter competition season has been event-filled with fierce competition amongst top international athletes on World Cup circuits as well as American athletes vying for spots on Team USA. There were eight sporting events, along with two official U.S. team announcements, with Olympic significance between November and January.
 
The event season included the debut of “U.S. Olympic Team Trials” featuring long track and short track speed skating, Nordic combined and ski jumping competitions. Other notable events included the Visa U.S. Freestyle International, Visa U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix, U.S. freeskiing team announcements, IBSF World Cup (bobsled and skeleton), FIL World Cup (luge), and U.S. luge team announcements.
 
With the announcement of the 230-member 2014 U.S. Olympic Team by the United States Olympic Committee, Utah’s Olympic legacy continues to shine with 55 athletes heading to Sochi, Russia sharing ties to the state. Utah is also proud to have ties to 11 Paralympic athletes, official team announcements are scheduled for mid-February.
 
Highlights of athletes with Utah ties:
 
·         8 Olympic athletes and 4 Paralympic athletes officially listed Utah cities as their “hometown”
·         13 Olympic team athletes studied at a high school, college or university in Utah
·         34 Olympic athletes and 7 Paralympic athletes currently reside in the state of Utah
·         14 sport disciplines represented including: aerials, alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross country skiing, freeskiing, freestyle skiing, long track speed skating, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding,
 
2014 U.S. Olympic Team
 
Hometown:
Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing, Park City
Steve Holcomb, Bobsled, Park City
Joss Christensen, Freeskiing, Park City
Noelle Pikus-Pace, Skeleton, Orem
Lindsey Van, Ski Jumping, Park City
Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping, Park City
Jessica Jerome, Ski Jumping, Park City
Sage Kotsenburg, Snowboarding, Park City
 
Education:
Julie Mancuso, Alpine Skiing, Winter Sports School
Erik Fisher, Alpine Skiing, Rowmark Ski Academy
Travis Ganong, Alpine Skiing, Westminster College
Laurenne Ross, Alpine Skiing, Westminster College
Annelies Cook, Biathlon, University of Utah
Torin Koos, Cross Country Skiing, University of Utah undergraduate and Westminster College graduate school
Brian Gregg, Cross Country Skiing, University of Utah
Jessie Diggins, Cross Country Skiing, Westminster College
Maddie Bowman, Freeskiing, Westminster College
Devon Logan, Freeskiing, Westminster College
Kate Hansen, Luge, Brigham Young University
Bryan Fletcher, Nordic Combined, Westminster College
 
Current Residence:
Emily Cook, Freestyle Aerials (also a graduate of University of Utah)
Jared Goldberg, Alpine Skiing
Steven Nyman, Alpine Skiing
Megan McJames, Alpine Skiing
Julia Ford, Alpine Skiing
Chris Fogt, Bobsled        
Liz Stephen, Cross Country Skiing
Noah Hoffman, Cross Country Skiing
Angeli Vanlaanen, Freeskiing     
Heather McPhie, Freestyle Skiing
Brittany Bowe, Long Track Speed Skating
Lauren Cholewinski, Long Track Speed Skating
Tucker Fredricks, Long Track Speed Skating
Jonathan Garcia, Long Track Speed Skating
Kelly Gunther, Long Track Speed Skating
Maria Lamb, Long Track Speed Skating
Joey Mantia, Long Track Speed Skating
Patrick Meek, Long Track Speed Skating
Heather Richardson, Long Track Speed Skating
Sugar Todd, Long Track Speed Skating
Mitchell Whitmore, Long Track Speed Skating
Preston Griffall, Luge
Taylor Fletcher, Nordic Combined           
Billy Demong, Nordic Combined               
Eddy Alvarez, Short Track Speed Skating
Kyle Carr, Short Track Speed Skating
J.R. Celski, Short Track Speed Skating
Chris Creveling, Short Track Speed Skating
Alyson Dudek, Short Track Speed Skating
Jordan Malone, Short Track Speed Skating
Emily Scott, Short Track Speed Skating
Jessica Smith, Short Track Speed Skating
Kaitlyn Farrington, Snowboarding            
Lindsey Jacobellis, Snowboarding            
 
2014 U.S. Paralympic Team (unofficial team list)
 
Hometown:
Keith Gabel, Adaptive Snowboard X, Ogden
Nicole Roundy, Adaptive Snowboard X, Bountiful
Stephani Victor, Adaptive Alpine Skiing, Park City
Tyler Burdick, Adaptive Snowboard X, Salt Lake City
 
Current Resident:
Danelle Umstead, Adaptive Alpine Skiing, Park City
Greg Shaw, Sled Hockey, Salt Lake City
Erik Bayindirli, Adaptive Alpine Skiing, Park City
Nicole Roundy, Adaptive Snowboard X, Park City
Cristina Albert, Adaptive Snowboard X, Holladay
Tyler Burdick, Adaptive Snowboard X, Salt Lake City
Megan Harmon, Adaptive Snowboard X, Heber City
 
For more information about Utah’s Olympic legacy, please visit www.UtahOlympicLegacy.com.
 
About Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation
Utah Olympic Legacy Foundation is a Utah non-profit 501(c)(3) organization responsible for managing and maintaining world-class Olympic legacy facilities and providing opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to participate, educate, and excel in winter sports. Inspired by the success and momentum of the 2002 Salt Lake Olympic Winter Games, the Foundation has turned its focus toward embracing, engaging and involving Utah’s youth in winter sport. From community-based recreational camps, progression-oriented development programs to its official designation as an official U.S. Olympic Training Site, the Foundation – including both Utah Olympic Park and Oval facilities – represents the future of winter sports in North America. For more information, please visit UtahOlympicLegacy.com or call 435-658-4200.
 
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