In the Medal Hunt

The Locals Going to the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2022

A small but mighty list.

By Malia Alexander February 23, 2022

Hurry, hard! Former UW alum Colin Hufman was a Team USA alternate in curling.

the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing are over, despite the specter of omicron that threatened everything. Instead there was a Covid-era sports bubble, where athletes, coaches, and other staff members were required to be vaccinated and tested daily.

Team USA—with its small (but mighty!) list of local Olympians—earned a total of 25 medals. Now it's time for the Paralympics from March 4–13 with one Washingtonian among the 67-member team.

Paralympians
Nordic Skiing

Erin Martin

Hometown: Seattle | Age: 35 | Olympic Appearance: First

This Lincoln High alum first tried Nordic skiing in March 2019 at the suggestion of friend and teammate Heather Galeotalanza. A mere three years later and she's qualified for her first Paralympics.

Olympians
Alpine Skiing

Katie Hensien

Hometown: Redmond | Age: 22 | Olympic Appearance: First

The University of Denver student grew up racing on Crystal Mountain and was part of the Junior World Championships team that nabbed silver in 2019.

Biathlon

Joanne Reid

Hometown: Grand Junction, Colorado | Age: 30 | Olympic Appearance: Second

OK, technically nothing ties this athlete to Seattle—except that she’s a huge Seahawks fan. Sorry not sorry, Broncos.

Cross-Country Skiing

Novie McCabe

Hometown: Winthrop | Age: 21 | Olympic Appearance: First

This rookie hasn’t forgotten her roots—her favorite pastime is backpacking, after all.

Curling

Colin Hufman

Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota | Age: 38 | Olympic Appearance: First

After successful tournaments that allowed John Shuster and company to qualify, this former Husky will serve as an alternate.

Figure Skating

Jean-Luc Baker

Hometown: Edmonds | Age: 29 | Olympic Appearance: First

This Kamiak High School graduate and partner Kaitlin Hawayek snagged a spot as one of figure skating duos repping the red, white, and blue in ice dance. The margin by which they made it? Just 2.41 points.

 

Hockey

Matty Beniers

Hometown: Hingham, Massachusetts | Age: 19 | Olympic Appearance: First

Even though this Kraken draft pick decided to return to Michigan to finish his sophomore season…he was still our first pick.

Short-Track Speed Skating

Eunice Lee

Hometown: Bellevue | Age: 17 | Olympic Appearance: First

The South Korea–born skater swiped the fifth spot on the short-track lineup, making her first team.

Corinne Stoddard

Hometown: Tacoma | Age: 21 | Olympic Appearance: First

After only a few years of competing with the Puget Sound Speed Skating Club, Stoddard was asked to join the U.S. national team. She went on to become a junior inline world champ.

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