Minnesotans In the Olympics

Quote of the Day

Yes, I should have given more praise.

Sir Winston Churchill, quoting the reply of the then elderly Duke of Wellington when a friend asked him, 'If you had your life over again, is there any way in which you could have done better?'


Figure 1: People Curling in Northern Minnesota. (Source)

Figure 1: People Curling in Northern Minnesota. (Source)

I spend a lot of time in northern Minnesota now that I have a home there. I have been surprised as to how popular curling is in the area (Figure 1). The US curling team at the 2018 Olympics is dominated by people from northern Minnesota. I also notice that there are quite a few Minnesotans participating in the games' other sports – the numbers are large enough that the New York Times has even written an article called "Team USA? More Like Team Minnesota" on the topic (PDF of the article). Our state does not have a huge population, ~5 million, and most of that population is concentrated around Minneapolis and St. Paul. The northern part of the state is only sparsely populated as it is covered with national forests and wilderness areas.

To understand the participation of Minnesotans in the Olympics, I grabbed an Excel file from the US Winter Olympic Team web site  and generated a couple of pivot tables, which I show below. My workbook is include here.

Figure 2: Top Ten Home States for US Olympic Athletes.

Figure 2: Top Ten Home States for US Olympic Athletes.

California contributes the most athletes to this year's Olympic team, followed by Colorado and Minnesota (Figure 2). Since Minnesota has no mountains, alpine events are not our strength – though Lindsey Vonn is from St. Paul and first skied here at Buck Hill.

The big snow sports here are hockey, cross-country skiing, and curling. You see this reflected in the athletes we send to the Olympics (Figure 3). Biathlon is a combination of cross-country skiing and shooting, which are two common passions here.

At this point, the Minnesota athletes have brought home medals in curling, hockey, and cross-country.

Figure 3: Minnesota Participation in Olympic Sports.

Figure 3: Minnesota Participation in Olympic Sports.

For my family, skating and hockey became a passion first for my children and then for me – this is the reverse for most families. My dad was a hockey player and ice dancer, but I never had any interest early on in either sport. My children saw the movie The Mighty Ducks, and they became driven to skate. I learned to skate and play hockey on the kiddie ponds next to the rinks where my children were practicing.

Table of Athletes

I included a subset of the Olympic spreadsheet here for any general searching that I want to do.

First NameLast NameGenderDisciplineAge (As of 2/8/18)HometownHome State
StaceyCookFAlpine Skiing33Mammoth LakesCalif.
BreezyJohnsonFAlpine Skiing22Jackson Wyo.
Tricia ManganFAlpine Skiing20BuffaloN.Y.
MeganMcJamesFAlpine Skiing30Park CityUtah
AliceMcKennisFAlpine Skiing28New CastleColo.
AliceMerryweatherFAlpine Skiing28HinghamMass.
LaurenneRossFAlpine Skiing29BendOre.
MikaelaShiffrinFAlpine Skiing22Eagle-VailColo.
ResiStieglerFAlpine Skiing32Jackson Wyo.
LindseyVonnFAlpine Skiing33VailColo.
JacquelineWilesFAlpine Skiing25PortlandOre.
BryceBennettMAlpine Skiing25Tahoe CityCalif.
TommyBiesemeyerMAlpine Skiing29KeeneN.Y.
DavidChodounskyMAlpine Skiing33Crested ButteColo.
RyanCochran-SiegleMAlpine Skiing25StarksboroVt.
MarkEngelMAlpine Skiing26TruckeeCalif.
TommyFordMAlpine Skiing28BendOre.
JaredGoldbergMAlpine Skiing26Salt Lake CityUtah
TimJitloffMAlpine Skiing33RenoNev.
NolanKasperMAlpine Skiing28WarrenVt.
TedLigetyMAlpine Skiing33Park CityUtah
WileyMapleMAlpine Skiing27AspenColo.
StevenNymanMAlpine Skiing36SundanceUtah
AndrewWeibrechtMAlpine Skiing32Lake PlacidN.Y.
EmilyDreissigackerFBiathlon29MorrisvilleVt.
SusanDunkleeFBiathlon32BartonVt.
ClareEganFBiathlon30Cape ElizabethMaine
MaddiePhaneufFBiathlon22Old ForgeN.Y.
JoanneReidFBiathlon25BoulderColo.
LowellBaileyMBiathlon36Lake PlacidN.Y.
TimBurkeMBiathlon36Lake PlacidN.Y.
RussellCurrierMBiathlon30StockholmMaine
SeanDohertyMBiathlon22Center ConwayN.H.
LeifNordgrenMBiathlon28Marine Minn.
AjaEvansFBobsled29ChicagoIll.
LaurenGibbsFBobsled33Denver Colo.
JamieGreubel PoserFBobsled34NewtownPa.
ElanaMeyers TaylorFBobsled33DouglasvilleGa.
HakeemAbdul-SaboorMBobsled30PowhatanVa.
CodieBascueMBobsled23WhitehallN.Y.
NickCunninghamMBobsled32MontereyCalif.
ChrisFogtMBobsled34AlpineUtah
ChrisKinneyMBobsled29StockbridgeGa.
StevenLangtonMBobsled34MelroseMass.
SamMcGuffieMBobsled28CypressTexas
SamMichenerMBobsled30GreshamOre.
JustinOlsenMBobsled30San AntonioTexas
CarloValdesMBobsled28Newport BeachCalif.
NathanWeberMBobsled31Pueblo WestColo.
EvanWeinstockMBobsled26Las VegasNev.
SadieBjornsenFCross-Country Skiing28WinthropWash.
RosieBrennanFCross-Country Skiing29AnchorageAlaska
SophieCaldwellFCross-Country Skiing27PeruVt.
JessieDigginsFCross-Country Skiing26AftonMinn.
RosieFrankowskiFCross-Country Skiing26MinneapolisMinn.
AnnieHartFCross-Country Skiing25StillwaterMinn.
KaitlynnMillerFCross-Country Skiing26ElmoreVt.
CaitlinPattersonFCross-Country Skiing28CraftsburyVt.
KikkanRandallFCross-Country Skiing35AnchorageAlaska
IdaSargentFCross-Country Skiing30CraftsburyVt.
LizStephenFCross-Country Skiing31East MontpelierVt.
ErikBjornsenMCross-Country Skiing26WinthropWash.
PatrickCaldwellMCross-Country Skiing23LymeN.H.
SimiHamiltonMCross-Country Skiing30AspenColo.
LoganHannemanMCross-Country Skiing24FairbanksAlaska
ReeseHannemanMCross-Country Skiing28FairbanksAlaska
NoahHoffmanMCross-Country Skiing28AspenColo.
TylerKornfieldMCross-Country Skiing27AnchorageAlaska
AndyNewellMCross-Country Skiing34ShaftsburyVt.
ScottPattersonMCross-Country Skiing26CraftsburyVt.
CoryChristensenFCurling23DuluthMinn.
AileenGevingFCurling31DuluthMinn.
BeccaHamiltonFCurling27McFarlandWis.
TabithaPetersonFCurling28EaganMinn.
NinaRothFCurling29McFarlandWis.
TylerGeorgeMCurling35DuluthMinn.
MattHamiltonMCurling28McFarlandWis.
JohnLandsteinerMCurling27DuluthMinn.
JoePoloMCurling35DuluthMinn.
JohnShusterMCurling35ChisholmMinn.
KarenChenFFigure Skating18FremontCalif.
MadisonChockFFigure Skating25Redondo BeachCalif.
MadisonHubbellFFigure Skating26SylvaniaOhio
MiraiNagasuFFigure Skating24ArcadiaCalif.
AlexaScimeca KnierimFFigure Skating26AddisonIll.
MaiaShibutaniFFigure Skating23Ann ArborMich.
BradieTennellFFigure Skating20CarpentersvilleIll.
EvanBatesMFigure Skating28Ann ArborMich.
NathanChenMFigure Skating18Salt Lake CityUtah
ZacharyDonohueMFigure Skating27MadisonConn.
ChrisKnierimMFigure Skating30San Diego Calif.
AdamRipponMFigure Skating28Los AngelesCalif.
AlexShibutaniMFigure Skating26Ann ArborMich.
VincentZhouMFigure Skating17Palo AltoCalif.
MaddieBowmanFFreestyle Skiing24South Lake TahoeCalif.
AshleyCaldwellFFreestyle Skiing24AshburnVa.
CarolineClaireFFreestyle Skiing18Manchester CenterVt.
AnnalisaDrewFFreestyle Skiing24AndoverMass.
TessJohnsonFFreestyle Skiing17VailColo.
JaelinKaufFFreestyle Skiing21AltaWyo.
DevinLoganFFreestyle Skiing24West DoverVt.
KeatonMcCargoFFreestyle Skiing22TellurideColo.
KileyMcKinnonFFreestyle Skiing22MadisonConn.
MadisonOlsenFFreestyle Skiing22Park CityUtah
MorganSchildFFreestyle Skiing20PittsfordN.Y.
BritaSigourneyFFreestyle Skiing28CarmelCalif.
DarianStevensFFreestyle Skiing21MissoulaMont.
MaggieVoisinFFreestyle Skiing19WhitefishMont.
CaseyAndringaMFreestyle Skiing22BoulderColo.
AaronBlunckMFreestyle Skiing21Crested ButteColo.
MacBohonnonMFreestyle Skiing22MadisonConn.
AlexFerreiraMFreestyle Skiing23AspenColo.
NickGoepperMFreestyle Skiing23LawrenceburgInd.
AlexHallMFreestyle Skiing19Park CityUtah
GusKenworthyMFreestyle Skiing26TellurideColo.
JonLillisMFreestyle Skiing23RochesterN.Y.
EricLoughranMFreestyle Skiing22PelhamN.H.
TroyMurphyMFreestyle Skiing25BethelMaine
EmersonSmithMFreestyle Skiing21DoverVt.
McRaeWilliamsMFreestyle Skiing27Park CityUtah
BradleyWilsonMFreestyle Skiing25ButteMont.
DavidWiseMFreestyle Skiing27RenoNev.
TorinYater-WallaceMFreestyle Skiing22BasaltColo.
CaylaBarnesFIce Hockey19EastvaleCalif.
KaliFlanaganFIce Hockey22BurlingtonMass.
HaleySkarupaFIce Hockey24Rockville Md.
MeganKellerFIce Hockey21FarmingtonMich.
EmilyPfalzerFIce Hockey24BuffaloN.Y.
NicoleHensleyFIce Hockey23LakewoodColo.
KendallCoyneFIce Hockey25Palos HeightsIll.
HannahBrandtFIce Hockey24Vadnais HeightsMinn.
DaniCameranesiFIce Hockey22PlymouthMinn.
KellyPannekFIce Hockey22PlymouthMinn.
LeeSteckleinFIce Hockey23RosevilleMinn.
AmandaKesselFIce Hockey26MadisonWis.
GigiMarvinFIce Hockey30WarroadMinn.
SidneyMorinFIce Hockey22MinnetonkaMinn.
MaddieRooneyFIce Hockey20AndoverMinn.
KaceyBellamyFIce Hockey30WestfieldMass.
JocelyneLamoureux-DavidsonFIce Hockey28Grand ForksN.D.
MoniqueLamoureux-MorandoFIce Hockey28Grand ForksN.D.
AmandaPelkeyFIce Hockey24MontpelierVt.
HilaryKnightFIce Hockey28Sun ValleyIdaho
MeghanDugganFIce Hockey30DanversMass.
BriannaDeckerFIce Hockey26DousmanWis.
AlexRigsbyFIce Hockey26DelafieldWis.
BrianGiontaMIce Hockey39RochesterN.Y.
ChrisBourqueMIce Hockey32North ReadingMass.
MattGilroyMIce Hockey33BellmoreN.Y.
JordanGreenwayMIce Hockey20CantonN.Y.
JohnMcCarthyMIce Hockey31Boston Mass.
JamesWisniewskiMIce Hockey33CantonMich.
DavidLeggioMIce Hockey33BuffaloN.Y.
ChadBillinsMIce Hockey28MarysvilleMich.
RyanDonatoMIce Hockey21ScituateMass.
NoahWelchMIce Hockey35BrightonMass.
RyanZapolskiMIce Hockey31EriePa.
JimSlaterMIce Hockey35LapeerMich.
BrandonMaxwellMIce Hockey26Winter ParkFla.
WillBorgenMIce Hockey21MoorheadMinn.
GarrettRoeMIce Hockey29ViennaVa.
BobbySanguinettiMIce Hockey29WilmingtonN.C.
JonathanBlumMIce Hockey29Ladera RanchCalif.
TroyTerryMIce Hockey20Highlands RanchColo.
ChadKolarikMIce Hockey32AbingtonPa.
RyanStoaMIce Hockey30BloomingtonMinn.
BobbyButlerMIce Hockey30MarlboroughMass.
RyanGundersonMIce Hockey32BensalemPa.
MarkArcobelloMIce Hockey29MilfordConn.
BrocLittleMIce Hockey29RindgeN.H.
BrianO'NeillMIce Hockey29YardleyPa.
SummerBritcherFLuge23Glen RockPa.
ErinHamlinFLuge31RemsenN.Y.
EmilySweeneyFLuge24SuffieldConn.
JustinKrewsonMLuge21EastportN.Y.
ChrisMazdzerMLuge29Saranac LakeN.Y.
TaylorMorrisMLuge26Salt Lake City Utah
MattMortensenMLuge32Huntington StationN.Y.
AndrewSherkMLuge25Fort WashingtonPa.
JaysonTerdimanMLuge29BerwickPa.
TuckerWestMLuge22RidgefieldConn.
BenBerendMNordic Combined22Steamboat SpringsColo.
TaylorFletcherMNordic Combined27Steamboat SpringsColo.
BryanFletcherMNordic Combined31Steamboat SpringsColo.
JasperGoodMNordic Combined21Steamboat SpringsColo.
BenLoomisMNordic Combined19Eau ClaireWis.
KatieUhlaenderFSkeleton33BreckenridgeColo.
KendallWesenbergFSkeleton27ModestoCalif.
MattAntoineMSkeleton32Prairie du ChienWis.
JohnDalyMSkeleton32SmithtownN.Y.
NitaEnglundFSki Jumping25FlorenceWis.
SarahHendricksonFSki Jumping23Park CityUtah
AbbyRingquistFSki Jumping28Park CityUtah
KevinBicknerMSki Jumping21WaucondaIll.
MichaelGlasderMSki Jumping28CaryIll.
CaseyLarsonMSki Jumping19BarringtonIll.
WillRhoadsMSki Jumping22Park CityUtah
JamieAndersonFSnowboarding27South Lake TahoeCalif.
KellyClarkFSnowboarding34Mammoth LakesCalif.
ArielleGoldFSnowboarding21Steamboat SpringsColo.
FayeGuliniFSnowboarding25Salt Lake CityUtah
LindseyJacobellisFSnowboarding32RoxburyConn.
JessikaJensonFSnowboarding36RigbyIdaho
ChloeKimFSnowboarding17TorranceCalif.
HaileyLanglandFSnowboarding17San ClementeCalif.
RosieMancariFSnowboarding24AnchorageAlaska
JuliaMarinoFSnowboarding20WestportConn.
MaddieMastroFSnowboarding17WrightwoodCalif.
MeghanTierneyFSnowboarding21EagleColo.
NickBaumgartnerMSnowboarding36Iron RiverMich.
JonathanCheeverMSnowboarding32SaugusMass.
ChrisCorningMSnowboarding18SilverthorneColo.
MickDierdorffMSnowboarding26Steamboat SpringsColo.
BenFergusonMSnowboarding23BendOre.
RedGerardMSnowboarding17SilverthorneColo.
ChaseJoseyMSnowboarding22HaileyIdaho
HagenKearneyMSnowboarding26NorwoodColo.
KyleMackMSnowboarding20West BloomfieldMich.
AJMussMSnowboarding23RumsonN.J.
JakePatesMSnowboarding19EagleColo.
RyanStasselMSnowboarding25AnchorageAlaska
MikeTrappMSnowboarding29Marstons MillsMass.
ShaunWhiteMSnowboarding31CarlsbadCalif.
HeatherBergsmaFLong Track Speedskating28High PointN.C.
BrittanyBoweFLong Track Speedskating29OcalaFla.
ErinJacksonFLong Track Speedskating25OcalaFla.
MiaManganelloFLong Track Speedskating28CrestviewFla.
CarlijnSchoutensFLong Track Speedskating23West JordanUtah
JericaTandimanFLong Track Speedskating23KearnsUtah
ShaniDavisMLong Track Speedskating35ChicagoIll.
JonathanGarciaMLong Track Speedskating31HoustonTexas
KimaniGriffinMLong Track Speedskating27Winston SalemN.C.
BrianHansenMLong Track Speedskating27GlenviewIll.
EmeryLehmanMLong Track Speedskating21Oak ParkIll.
JoeyMantiaMLong Track Speedskating32OcalaFla.
MitchWhitmoreMLong Track Speedskating28WaukeshaWis.
MaameBineyFShort Track Speedskating18RestonVa.
LanaGehringFShort Track Speedskating27GlenviewIll.
JessicaKooremanFShort Track Speedskating34MelvindaleMich.
J.R.CelskiMShort Track Speedskating27Federal WayWash.
ThomasHongMShort Track Speedskating20LaurelMd.
John-HenryKruegerMShort Track Speedskating22PittsburghPa.
RyanPivirottoMShort Track Speedskating22Ann ArborMich.
AaronTranMShort Track Speedskating21Federal WayWash.
 
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