For the first time ever, the city of Beijing will welcome winter-sport athletes from across the world to participate in the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. The Games of the XXIV Olympiad will be held Feb. 4-20, 2022, and include more than 2,800 athletes from approximately 90 nations. Among them, Team USA will send 223 athletes to compete in eight different sports. On the ice, the U.S. women’s ice hockey team will be looking to defend its gold medal from the 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang. In the mountains, Team USA will have a heavy collegiate footprint in biathlon, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing. U.S. bobsledders will also seek to continue their medal run, having earned hardware at five consecutive Olympic Winter Games.
Shortly after the Olympic Winter Games, China will host the world’s best Paralympians during the Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. From March 4-13, 2022, more than 736 athletes from around the globe will gather to compete across 75 medal events in five sports. Team USA will send a team of approximately 65 athletes – several of whom competed collegiately. On the ice, the men’s sled hockey team will seek to earn its fourth-consecutive gold medal after defeating Canada in overtime at the 2018 Winter Games. In the mountains, six-time Paralympic medalist Daniel Cnossen (U.S. Naval Academy) will take aim at defending titles on the biathlon and cross-country courses. Meanwhile, 2020 U.S. Paralympian Dani Aravich (Butler University) is coming off a strong performance in Tokyo and looks to represent Team USA at back-to-back summer and winter Games.
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For the first time in 57 years, the city of Tokyo welcomed athletes from across the world to participate in the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. One year and one day after its original scheduled date, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad kicked off July 23 and ran through Aug. 8, 2021. During this time, more than 11,000 athletes from 206 nations gathered to compete across the region. Several new sports were added to the Olympic schedule, including softball, which made its return to the Olympic Games for the first time since 2008. Three-on-three basketball also made its Olympic debut, where the U.S. women's team earned the first-ever gold in the sport, while the women’s water polo team captured its third-consecutive Olympic gold medal.
Shortly following the Olympic Games, Japan welcomed 4,400 athletes from around the world to participate in the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020. The Paralympic Games began Aug. 24 and ran through Sept. 5, 2021. Following a strong Paralympic performance in 2016, the U.S. expected to once again showcase a highly competitive team in Tokyo. The 2020 U.S. Paralympic Team was comprised of 240 athletes – many of whom competed collegiately. Returning for her sixth Paralympic appearance was wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), who earned four medals in Tokyo, bringing her total haul to 20 medals across both the summer and winter Games. Meanwhile, the men's wheelchair basketball team defended its gold medal from Rio.
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Collegiate athletes will make up a strong contingent for Team USA at the Pan American Games Lima 2019, with over 30 sports sending current or former collegiate athletes.
Student-athlete: Any individual on Team USA who is/was a member of a collegiate roster (varsity/club/other) and/or competed in outside competition for a university or college.
Of the 244 athletes on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team, 76 percent attended college at 87 different institutions, and more than one-third competed collegiately at 48 schools. Team USA had representation from NCAA Division I, II and III schools, including 43 conference affiliations. Sports with large collegiate footprints were ice hockey (94 percent), bobsled (88 percent), cross-country skiing (75 percent), biathlon (50 percent) and skeleton (50 percent).
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Collegiate athletes contributed to Team USA’s historic performance at the Olympic Games Rio 2016. Nearly 80 percent of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team – and nearly 85 percent of Team USA medalists – had collegiate ties.