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30 Athletes With Minnesota Ties Ready For Winter Olympics

 

UNDATED – There are 30 members of Team USA that have ties to communities across Minnesota.  Our state boasts the second-highest number of hometown athletes in the country.

The 30 members of Team USA with ties to Minnesota include:

  • Leif Nordgren, Biathlon. Hometown: Marine on St. Croix, MN
  • Jeff Isaacson, Curling. Hometown: Lakeland, MN. Born and resides in Virginia, MN.
  • John Landsteiner, Curling. Born: Mankato, MN. Hometown: Mapleton. Resides in Duluth, MN
  • Allison Pottinger, Curling. Resides in Eden Prairie, MN
  • Jessica Schultz, Curling. Resides in Minneapolis, MN
  • John Shuster, Curling. Born: Chisholm, MN. Resides in Duluth, MN
  • Jared Zezel, Curling. Born and resides in Hibbing, MN
  • David Backes, Ice Hockey. Hometown: Minneapolis, MN. Played for Minnesota State University Mankato.
  • Megan Bozek, Ice Hockey. Played for the University of Minnesota
  • Justin Faulk, Ice Hockey. Hometown: South St. Paul, MN. Played for the University of Minnesota Duluth.
  • Amanda Kessel, Ice Hockey. Plays for the University of Minnesota
  • Phil Kessel, Ice Hockey. Played for the University of  Minnesota
  • Paul Martin, Ice Hockey. Born: Minneapolis, MN. Hometown: Elk River, MN. Played for the University of Minnesota
  • Gigi Marvin, Ice Hockey. Born: Bemidji, MN. Resides in Warroad, MN. Played for the University of Minnesota
  • Ryan McDonagh, Ice Hockey. Hometown: St. Paul, MN
  • T.J. Oshie, Ice Hockey. Hometown: Warroad, MN
  • Zach Parise, Ice Hockey. Born: Minneapolis, MN. Resides in St. Paul, MN
  • Anne Schleper, Ice Hockey. Born and resides in St. Cloud, MN. Played for the University of Minnesota
  • Lee Stecklein, Ice Hockey. Born: St. Paul, MN. Hometown: Roseville, MN. Plays for the University of Minnesota
  • Derek Stepan, Ice Hockey. Hometown: Hastings, MN
  • Ryan Suter, Ice Hockey. Resides in St. Paul, MN
  • Blake Wheeler, Ice Hockey. Hometown: Robbinsdale, MN. Played for the University of Minnesota
  • Christian Niccum, Luge. Born: St. Paul, MN
  • David Chodounsky, Skiing – Apline. Born: St. Paul, MN
  • Jessie Diggins, Skiing – Cross Country. Born: Minneapolis, MN. Resides in Afton, MN
  • Brian Gregg, Skiing – Cross Country. Resides in Minneapolis, MN
  • Torin Koos, Skiing – Cross Country. Born: Minneapolis, MN
  • Keri Herman, Skiing – Freestyle. Born: Minneapolis, MN
  • Maria Lamb, Speedskating – Long Track. Born: St. Paul, MN
  • Anna Ringsred, Speedskating – Long Track. Hometown: Duluth, MN

The Opening Ceremony for the Winter Olympics will take place on Friday. Athletes from various sports are testing venues today in preparation for the start of the competition.

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