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35 University of Utah athletes set to compete in Beijing Olympics

SALT LAKE CITY — With the 2022 Winter Olympics commencing this week in Beijing, athletes from all over the world have descended on the world’s stage to represent their respective nations in pursuit of gold. Impressively, of the nearly 3,000 athletes vying for their countries, 35 of those individuals have ties to the University of Utah, the most of any University in the world.

While the vast majority will be representing Team USA (29), the Utes will be competing in various competitions. Coming as no surprise due to their domination of the slopes at the NCAA level, 12 current and former Utah skiers will be competing in Beijing, six of which hail from countries other than the United States (Argentina, Australia, Canada, Estonia, and Iceland).

Maame Biney skates in Woodbridge, VA, USA on December 16, 2020.
Maame Biney skates in Woodbridge, VA, USA on December 16, 2020. Photo: Robert Snow, courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

Notably, seven current students will take to the ice in Beijing, competing for the U.S. Speedskating team in individual and team events. Of the seven, Maame Biney will look to represent the stars and stripes on the podium as she is the reigning U.S. Champion in the women’s 500, 1000, and 1500 meter events.

Upon returning to the slopes, 13 total Utes will make their way down the hill in style as this group includes nine freeskiers, two ski jumpers, one snowboard slopestyle competitor and one snowboard cross competitor. Arguably the most impressive of the bunch, X-Games Big Air Gold Medal winner and Park City resident Alex Hall will be a favorite to bring home Olympic silverware. As the first person to ever complete 2160 (six-rotations) on skis, Hall will be a spinning force to be reckoned with in Beijing.

 

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Stay tuned to the University of Utah’s social media platforms for a complete list of times and places to watch these former Utes. A full list of University of Utah Olympians can be found below.

Maame Biney | Speedskating
Tomas Birkner | Skiing: Alpine
Kevin Bolger | Skiing: Cross-Country
Ashley Caldwell | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Keely Cashman| Skiing: Alpine
Ethan Cepuran | Speedskating
Caroline Claire | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Casey Dawson | Speedskating
Mick Deirdorf | Snowboard: Cross
Snorri Einarsson | Skiing: Cross-Country
Sean FitzSimons | Snowboard: Cross-Country
Jasper Good | Skiing: Nordic Combined
Alexander Hall | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Marin Hamill | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Andrew Heo | Speedskating
Anna Hoffmann | Skiing: Ski Jumping
Madison Hoffman | Skiing: Alpine
Birk Irving | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Luke Jager | Skiing: Cross-Country
Breezy Johnson | Skiing: Alpine
Casey Larson | Skiing: Ski Jumping
Sophia Laukli | Skiing: Cross-Country
Maureen Lebel | Skiing: Alpine
Julie Letai | Speedskating
Novie McCabe | Skiing: Cross-Country
Megan Nick | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Katie Parker | Skiing: Alpine
Ian Quinn | Speedskating
Roni Remme | Skiing: Alpine
Kristen Santos | Speedskating
Jared Schumate | Skiing: Nordic Combined
Hannah Soar | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Darian Stevens | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle
Katie Vesterstein | Skiing: Alpine
Winter Vinecki | Skiing: Freeski/Freestyle

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