US names 223 to Olympic team; 4 athletes are 5-timers
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The 223-person U.S. Olympic roster revealed Monday includes four athletes making their fifth trip to the Games: Shaun White and Lindsey Jacobellis in snowboarding, Katie Uhlaender in skeleton and John Shuster in curling.
There are 114 men, 108 women and one athlete who identifies as nonbinary — figure skater Timothy LeDuc — on the roster. The 223 athletes make up the second-biggest contingent the U.S. has ever sent to the Games. The opening ceremony for the Beijing Olympics is Feb. 4, with some of the curling action beginning on Feb. 2.
Most athletes had already been nominated by their respective sports for the Olympic team. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s announcement makes their spots official.
On Monday night, Anna Hoffman was given a quota spot for women’s ski jumping. Hoffmann won the U.S. Olympic ski jumping trials last month and she becomes the only American woman in the Olympic ski jumping competition.
There are 131 U.S. athletes making their debuts. Among the 92 veterans, 39 have already won medals. That includes White, who could become only the second person to win individual gold medals at four separate Winter Olympics, joining speedskater Ireen Wust of the Netherlands.
Mikaela Shiffrin comes into Beijing with two gold medals. If she wins one more, she’ll snap a tie with Ted Ligety and Andrea Mead-Lawrence for the most of all American Alpine skiers.
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2018 file photo, men's halfpipe gold medalist Shaun White, of the United States, speaks at a news conference at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Top on the list of White’s goals for the near future is skateboarding at the Olympics. The three-time Olympic snowboard champion says he’s entering a few skateboarding contests this summer to see where he stacks up. His ultimate goal is to become a rare Summer-Winter Olympian. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)
FILE - Shaun White, of the United States, executes a trick in the snowboarding halfpipe finals, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, during the Dew Tour at Copper Mountain, Colo. Shaun White is likely heading to the Olympics for a fifth time. For the first time, the snowboarding star and three-time gold medalist on the halfpipe won't be the favorite. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey, File)
Lindsey Jacobellis from the U.S. celebrates her victory in the snowboard cross event at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
Lindsey Jacobellis from the U.S. competes to win the snowboard cross event at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships in Kreischberg, Austria, Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
United States Olympic Winter Games skeleton hopeful Katie Uhlaender poses for a portrait at the 2017 Team USA Media Summit Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Katie Uhlaender of United States starts her first run during the women's skeleton competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
United States Olympic Winter Games John Shuster, with curling team, poses for a portrait at the 2017 Team USA Media Summit Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, in Park City, Utah. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
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FILE - Team Shuster's John Shuster slides the stone while competing against Team Dropkin at the U.S. Olympic Curling Team Trials at Baxter Arena in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. The five-time Olympian is back to defend his curling gold medal in Beijing, and the target on his back will be almost as big as the one on the ice. (AP Photo/Rebecca S. Gratz, File)