U.S. Olympic Committee Announces 242-Member Team
*Team USA PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics portraits were taken on April 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (April 26, 2017 – Source: Harry How/Getty Images North America)
The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) announced the 242-member 2018 U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the upcoming Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018. The team is comprised of 107 women and 135 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 97 of the 102 medal events that will be contested in Korea.
The USOC revealed the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team during a live announcement show hosted by Jeremy Bloom on the Team USA Facebook channel.
“Once again, Team USA is among the largest teams to compete in the Olympic Winter Games, and we continue to see a spike in excellence from Americans competing in winter sports as the sport program expands to include more opportunities for our athletes,” said Alan Ashley, U.S. chef de mission and USOC chief of sport performance. “We are primed and ready for another strong showing from our athletes, who have made a long-time commitment to represent us as the best in the U.S. at these Games, and we look forward to cheering for each member of Team USA on the world’s greatest stage.”
The 2018 U.S. Olympic Team features 103 returning Olympians – including three ve-time Olympians, 12 four-time Olympians, 28 three- time Olympians and 60 two-time Olympians. The slate of veterans features 37 Olympic medalists, including 10 Olympic champions and 15 who have won multiple Olympic medals. Of the 10 returning Olympic champions, ve are looking to defend their titles from Sochi – Jamie Anderson (snowboarding slopestyle), Maddie Bowman (freestyle skiing halfpipe), Ted Ligety (alpine skiing giant slalom), Mikaela Shiffrin (alpine skiing slalom) and David Wise (freestyle skiing halfpipe).
In PyeongChang, Team USA will be looking for its 100th gold medal (currently stands at 96) and 300th overall medal (currently stands at 284).
Kelly Clark (snowboarding) and Kikkan Randall (cross-country skiing) become the rst female ve- time U.S. Olympians at the Winter Games, while Shani Davis (long track speedskating) becomes the rst U.S. speedskater to compete in ve Olympics. Only six other athletes in U.S. Olympic history have competed in ve or more Olympic Winter Games.
Four-time Olympians on the roster include Lowell Bailey and Tim Burke (biathlon); Stacey Cook, Ligety, Steven Nymanand Lindsey Vonn (alpine skiing); Erin Hamlin (luge); Lindsey Jacobellis and Shaun White (snowboarding); Andy Newell (cross-country skiing); John Shuster (curling); and Katie Uhlaender (skeleton).
Davis is the most decorated athlete on the U.S. roster as a two-time champion in the 1,000-meter and a two-time silver medalist in the 1,500. Ligety and White also hold two Olympic titles in their respective disciplines, while J.R. Celski (short track speedskating) has three medals (1 silver, 2 bronze). Also with three medals, including one gold, Clark is the most decorated female Olympian on the roster.
Sixteen athletes on Team USA have competed at the Winter Youth Olympic Games – the most ever on a U.S. Olympic Team – and have won a combined 15 Youth Olympic medals. They are highlighted by two-time 2016 Youth Olympic gold medalist snowboarders Chloe Kim and Jake Pates, and 2012 Youth Olympic champions Summer Britcher (luge), Ben Ferguson (snowboarding) and Tucker West (luge).
The 2018 U.S. Olympic Team is the most diverse U.S. winter team on record, with 10 African-Americans, 11 Asian-Americans and the rst two openly gay male athletes (Gus Kenworthy and Adam Rippon) to represent Team USA at the Winter Games. Maame Biney and Erin Jackson will be the rst African-American women to represent the U.S. in speedskating, while Jordan Greenway is the rst African-American on the U.S. hockey team.
Team USA includes 46 reigning world medalists, including 30 world champions, highlighted by long track speedskater Heather Bergsma, who won 2017 world championship gold medals in the 1,000 and 1,500, and bronze in mass start, which makes its Olympic debut for both men and women in PyeongChang.
Four additional events will be contested at the Games for the rst time, including an alpine skiing team event and mixed doubles curling, plus men’s and women’s snowboarding big air.
Beginning at 11 p.m. ET on Feb. 7, NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, the Olympic Channel: Home of Team USA, NBCOlympics.com and the NBC Sports app – the most ever for a Winter Olympics.
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Team USA fans can follow the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team at TeamUSA.org/2018Olympics and across Team USA’s social channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube. The U.S. Olympic Team microsite will offer Team USA results from the Olympic Winter Games, as well as athlete biographies, sport previews, a history book, competition schedules and facts and gures about the U.S. delegation.