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Ski & Snowboard News / 2018 Olympians named. Nearly 1/3 have ties to Utah.

Jan 26, 2018 04:53PM ● By Harriet Wallis

Team USA cross-country Alaskans Caitlin and Scott Patterson / photo: Caitlin Patterson

The USOC (United States Olympic Committee) named 242 athletes to compete in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month. Nearly a third of them -- 77 athletes -- have ties to Utah. There are 16 native Utahns. And 61 others train here.

Teams have been named. But the official announcement will take place in a couple weeks.

There will be 16 sport disciplines represented in the 2018 Olympics including: aerials, alpine skiing, bobsled, cross-country skiing, figure skating, halfpipe skiing, halfpipe snowboarding, long track speed skating, luge, moguls, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, slopestyle skiing and snowboardcross.

From November through January, Utah has been jumping with major events that lead up to the Olympic teams being named. There have been World Cup ski circuits with aerial and mogul competitions at Deer Valley.

Short track skating trials, Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping events, and Bobsled and Skeleton competitions took place at other Olympic Legacy Foundation sites in Park City and Kearns.


Uniforms: Polo Ralph Lauren designed Team USA's Olympic uniforms for opening and closing ceremonies. The outfits are classic in red, white and blue.

Alaskans: Caitlin and Scott Patterson were among the 10 Alaskan athletes named to the U.S. Olympic cross-country ski team.


Jerica Tandiman, Long Track Speedskating
Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping
Will Rhoads, Ski Jumping
Abby Ringquist, Ski Jumping
Nathan Chen, Figure Skating
Chris Fogt, Bobsled
Rosie Brennan, Cross-Country Skiing
Nolan Kasper, Alpine Skiing
Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing
Steven Nyman, Alpine Skiing
Jared Goldberg, Alpine Skiing
Megan McJames, Alpine Skiing
McRae Williams, Slopestyle Skiing
Alex Hall, Slopestyle Skiing
Madison Olsen, Aerials
Taylor Morris, Luge

Maame Biney, Short Track Speedskating
J.R. Celski, Short Track Speedskating
Lana Gehring, Short Track Speedskating
Thomas Hong, Short Track Speedskating
Aaron Tran, Short Track Speeskating
Brittany Bowe, Long Track Speedskating
Jonathan Garcia, Long Track Speedskating
Erin Jackson, Long Track Speedskating
Mia Manganello, Long Track Speedskating
Joey Mantia, Long Track SpeedSkating
Carlijn Schoutens, Long Track Speedskating
Mitch Whitmore, Long Track Speedskating
Kimani Griffin, Long Track Speedskating
Elizabeth Stephen, Cross-Country Skiing
Faye Gulini, Snowboardcross
Bradley Wilson, Moguls
Emerson Smith, Moguls
Morgan Schild, Moguls
Jaelin Kauf, Moguls
Troy Murphy, Moguls
Keaton McCargo, Moguls
Jonathon Lillis, Aerials
Mac Bohonnon, Aerials
Ashley Caldwell, Aerials
Kiley McKinnon, Aerials
Ben Berend, Nordic Combined
Bryan Fletcher, Nordic Combined
Taylor Fletcher, Nordic Combined
Jasper Good, Nordic Combined
Ben Loomis, Nordic Combined
Kevin Bickner, Ski Jumping
Casey Larson, Ski Jumping
Maddie Bowman, Halfipipe Skiing

Tommy Biesemeyer, Alpine Skiing
Jared Goldberg, Alpine Skiing
Megan McJames, Alpine Skiing
Resi Stiegler, Alpine Skiing
Andrew Weibrecht, Alpine Skiing
Jacqueline Wiles, Alpine Skiing
Tim Jitloff, Alpine Skiing
Mark Engel, Alpine Skiing
Alice McKennis, Alpine Skiing
Wiley Maple, Alpine Skiing
Breezy Johnson, Alpine Skiing
Bryce Bennett, Alpine Skiing
Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Alpine Skiing
Jessie Diggins, Cross-Country Skiing
Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing
Nick Goepper, Slopestyle Skiing
Darian Stevens, Slopestyle Skiing
Alex Ferreira, Halfpipe Skiing
Brita Sigourney, Halfpipe Skiing
Kendall Wessenberg, Skeleton
Sam Michener, Bobsled
Sam McGuffie, Bobsled
Carlo Valdes, Bobsled
Devin Logan, Halfpipe and Slopestyle Skiing
Maggie Voisin, Slopestyle Skiing
Jessika Jenson, Slopestyle Snowboarding
Mick Dierdorff, Snowboardcross
Kelly Clark, Halfpipe Snowboarding


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