Olympians of the Bold North

Miranda Curnutt, Author

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week, you probably know that the Winter Olympics are in full swing. Athletes from around the world are competing in a variety of winter sports and representing their country. However, what you may not know is that many of the athletes in the Olympics, like you, call Minnesota home—in fact, Minnesota has the third largest delegation of Olympic athletes (only California and Colorado have more). Here’s a list of the Olympians that hail from Minnesota who will compete in Pyeongchang:

David Chodunsky: Alpine skiing, two time Olympian, born in St. Paul.

Wiley Maple: Alpine skiing, first time Olympian, born in Minneapolis.

Lindsey Vonn: Alpine skiing, four time Olympian with a gold and bronze medal from 2010, born in St Paul. Vonn holds the American record and has seven medals from the World Championships.

Leif Nordgren: Biathlon, two time Olympian, born in Marine.

Jessie Diggins: Cross-country skiing, two time Olympian, born in St. Paul. Diggins received three medals from the World Championships.

Rosie Frankowski: Cross-country skiing, first time Olympian, born in Minneapolis.

Annie Hart: Cross-country skiing, first time Olympian, born in St. Paul.

Cory Christensen: Curling, first time Olympian, born in Duluth. Christensen is a four time U.S. junior champion.

Tyler George: Curling, first time Olympian, born in Duluth. George’s team took first in the U.S. Nationals.

John Landsteiner: Curling, first time Olympian, born in Mankato. Landsteiner’s team took first in the 2018 Olympic team trials.

Aileen Geving: Curling, first time Olympian, born in Duluth. Geving has won both the World Women’s Championships and the World Junior Championships twice.

Tabitha Peterson: Curling, first time Olympian, born in Burnsville. Peterson was a U.S. national champion, a U.S. junior national champion, and a Continental Cup champion.

John Shuster: Curling, three time Olympian, born in Chisholm. Shuster won a bronze medal in the 2006 Winter Olympics.

Caroline Claire: Freestyle skiing, first time Olympian, born in Edina. Claire won the USASA Nationals in 2014.

Will Borgen: Hockey, first time Olympian, calls Moorhead his hometown.

Hannah Brandt: Hockey, first time Olympian, born in Maplewood. Brandt holds two gold medals from the World Championship in 2017 and 2015.

Marissa Brandt (Yoon Jung Park): Hockey, first time Olympian, grew up in Vadnais Heights. Park was born in South Korea and will play for their team in Pyeongchang.

Dani Cameranesi: Hockey, first time Olympian, born in Plymouth. Cameranesi earned a gold at the 2015 World Championship.

Gigi Marvin: Hockey, two time Olympian, born in Warroad. Marvin has two Olympic silver medals.

Sidney Morin: Hockey, first time Olympian, born in Minnetonka.

Kelly Pannek: Hockey, first time Olympian, born in Plymouth.

Maddie Rooney: Hockey, first time Olympian, born in Duluth. Rooney is the first female goalie from Minnesota to participate in the Olympics.

Ryan Stoa: Hockey, first time Olympian, born in Minneapolis,

Lee Stecklein: Hockey, two time Olympian, born in St. Paul. Stecklein took home a silver medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympic games.

If you want to watch your fellow Minnesotans compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, tune in to NBC sports.

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