The Winter Olympics in Beijing are fast approaching, and Wisconsin has produced some of the top athletes of the games. Here is a list and description of the Wisconsin athletes and those that have connections to the Badger State that are competing in Beijing this February.
Jordan Stolz is a 17-year-old speed skater from Kewaskum in Washington County. He broke the 1,000-meter speed skating record during his U.S. Olympic trial at the Petit National Ice Center in January. He isn't just a prospect but one of the young Olympic standouts that many believe could win a medal in Beijing. In an interview with NBC Olympics he said one of his favorite restaurants is. the Fox and Hound's Restaurant and Tavern in Hubertus. This will be his first Olympics.
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Brianna Decker from Dousman in Waukesha County is competing in her third Olympics. She helped Team USA win a gold medal in hockey in PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018. She also won a silver medal during the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia. She went to UW-Madison and in 2012 was named the top women's college hockey player in the county. She told NBC Olympics that her earliest memory of watching the Olympics was in 1998, and that's one of the moments she knew she wanted to be an Olympic hockey player.
Hilary Knight isn't from Wisconsin, but she did go to UW-Madison to play hockey. She has played in three Olympics and has won a gold medal and two silvers. Her hometown is Sun Valley, Idaho. She is a corner stone member of a star studded cast that looks to defend its title. Knight has an impressive eight world championship gold medals and three silvers. She told NBC Olympics that she has a Hershey's almond milk chocolate bar after every game.
Kevin Bolger, from Minocqua in Oneida County, is a cross country skier and competing in his first Olympic games. He finished in 11th place at his first World Cup event in 2018. According to his USA Ski and Snowboard profile, he is a "killer" tap dancer when he was 3-years-old and is a member of the oldest amateur water ski team in the world.
Amanda Kessel, from Madison, is a forward on the USA women's hockey team. This will be her third Olympic games. She has won gold in silver. She also has three gold medals for winning the World Championships and two silvers. According to her bio, when she isn't playing hockey or training, she loves to design clothes for her clothing line.
Alex Cavillini is from Delafied, Waukesha County and is a graduate of UW-Madison. She is a goalie for the women's hockey team. This will be her second Olympic games. She has won an Olympic gold in 2018 and has five gold medals from winning the world championships. According to her bio, one of her rituals is that she carries a tennis ball around with her at all times from pregame until puck drop and even between periods.
Ben Loomis is from Eau Claire. The 23-year-old competes in Nordic Combined which is a combination of cross country skiing and ski jumping. This will be his second Olympic games. He competed at the 2018 games but did not medal. While he grew up in Western Wisconsin, his family moved to Park City, Utah when he was a teenager to pursue his Olympic dream. His brother, Adam, is also a member of Team USA but will not be competing at the 2022 Olympics.
Courtney Rummel from West Bend, Washington County is competing in her first ever Olympic games. The 18-year-old qualified for slopestyle and big air competitions. She is a recent graduate of West Bend West high school.
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