The Big Ten, including Michigan State, are well represented at the upcoming winter Olympiad. Below is a release sent out from the conference detailing all the details and connections from the Big Ten to the Olympics!
- The 2018 Winter Olympics open this week and the Big Ten will be represented by more than 40 individuals in PyeongChang, South Korea from February 7-25. Seven Big Ten schools will have participants including 35 competitors along with nine coaches, officials or administrators. Minnesota and Wisconsin each have 11 competitors in action.
The Big Ten contingent of current and former students, coaches and alumni includes 20 members of Team USA and nine members of Team Canada while Finland, Korea, Nigeria, South Korea and Sweden are also represented.
Three individuals are current students at Big Ten institutions: Team USA speedskater Thomas Hong at Maryland, U.S women’s hockey forward Kelly Pannek at Minnesota and Team Canada hockey forward Emily Clark at Wisconsin.
Fifteen of the competitors are returning to the Olympics led by two-time gold medalist Meaghan Mikkelson of the Canadian women’s hockey team, who played at Wisconsin. The 15 have combined to win 14 medals.
Nine Olympians will be playing men’s ice hockey and 20 will compete in women’s ice hockey.
The head coaches of both U.S hockey teams are Big Ten alums with current Wisconsin coach Tony Granato leading the men and Minnesota graduate Robb Stauber leading the women’s squad. Assistant coaches for both U.S. hockey teams also have Big Ten ties with former Badger Chris Chelios assisting Granato and former Gopher Brett Strot working with Stauber.
Jim Johannson, who played his college hockey at Wisconsin, served as the general manager of the U.S. men’s hockey team until he passed away just weeks prior to the Olympics on Jan. 21, 2018.
Fraser McIntyre, who serves as a linesman for Big Ten hockey games, will be working in the same capacity for men’s ice hockey games at the Olympics.
Other sports with Big Ten competitors include bobsled, curling, figure skating and speedskating. Big Ten students and coaches have been a part of the Olympic experience on more than 1,500 occasions, including many making multiple trips to the international event. That list of conference standouts has accumulated more than 600 medals, including nearly 300 gold. Former medalists include Ohio State track star Jesse Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, and former Indiana swimmer Mark Spitz, who won four medals, including two golds, in the 1968 Games before claiming seven gold medals during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. The Winter Games have also been rewarding, as 12 members of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” United States hockey team competed at Minnesota and Wisconsin.
2018 Olympic Participants From Big Ten Institutions
Participants include all current and former students, alumni and coaches from Big Ten institutions who are scheduled to participate in the Olympics. If the participant is a current student at a Big Ten institution, they are indicated with an asterisk.
|Aja Evans||USA||Bobsled||2014 (Bronze)|
|Evan Bates||USA||Figure Skating||2010, 2014|
|Andrew Ebbett||Canada||Men’s Ice Hockey|
|Chad Kolarik||USA||Men’s Ice Hockey|
|Alex Shibutani||USA||Figure Skating||2014|
|Maia Shibutani||USA||Figure Skating||2014|
|+ Graduated from Rice Univ.|
|Brock Randunske||South Korea||Men’s Ice Hockey|
|Jim Slater||USA||Men’s Ice Hockey|
|Hannah Brandt||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Dani Cameranesi||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Mira Jalosuo||Finland||Women’s Ice Hockey||2014|
|Amanda Kessel||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey||2014 (Silver)|
|Gigi Marvin||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey||2010 (Silver), 2014 (Silver)|
|*Kelly Pannek||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Noora Raty||Finland||Women’s Ice Hockey||2010 (Bronze), 2014|
|Lee Stecklein||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey||2014 (Silver)|
|Ryan Stoa||USA||Men’s Ice Hockey|
|Robb Stauber||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey Head Coach||2014 (Silver) Assistant Coach|
|Brett Strot||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey Associate Head Coach|
|Brent Proulx||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey Equipment Manager|
|Adam Stirn||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey Rinks Ice Technician|
|Natalie Spooner||Canada||Women’s Ice Hockey||2014 (Gold)|
|Minttu Tuominen||Finland||Women’s Ice Hockey||2010 (Bronze), 2014|
|Annie Svedin||Sweden||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Matt McIlvane||Germany||Men’s Ice Hockey Assistant Coach|
|Rene Bourque||Canada||Men’s Ice Hockey|
|*Emily Clark||Canada||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Brianna Decker||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey||2014 (Silver)|
|Ann-Renee Desbiens||Canada||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Meghan Duggan||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey||2010 (Silver), 2014 (Silver)|
|Cody Goloubef||Canada||Men’s Ice Hockey|
|Hilary Knight||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey||2010 (Silver), 2014 (Silver)|
|Meaghan Mikkelson||Canada||Women’s Ice Hockey||2010 (Gold), 2014 (Gold)|
|Sarah Nurse||Canada||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Alex Rigsby||USA||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Blayre Turnbull||Canada||Women’s Ice Hockey|
|Rebecca (Ruegsegger) Baker||Korea||Women’s Ice Hockey Assistant Coach|
|Chris Chelios||USA||Men’s Ice Hockey Assistant Coach|
|Tony Granato||USA||Men’s Ice Hockey Head Coach||2014 Assistant Coach|
|Jim Johannson||USA||Men’s Ice Hockey General Manager
(Died Jan. 21, 2018)
|Fraser McIntyre||USA||Men’s Ice Hockey Linesman|
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