2020 Youth Olympic Team Fun Facts

NOTE: As of Jan. 9, the 2020 U.S. Youth Olympic Team has been updated to consist of 99 athletes (60 men, 39 women). Snowboarder Will Healy was named to the team, replacing the quota spot previously filled by Jake Canter, who was injured. Figure skater Kate Wang was named to the team, replacing the quota spot previously filled by Hanna Harrell, who was injured. Freestyle skier Riley Jacobs was named to the team, replacing the quota spot previously filled by Svea Irving, who was injured. Figure skater Ilia Malinin withdrew due to illness and will not be replaced. 

  • The 2020 U.S. Youth Olympic Team includes 96 athletes (59 men, 37 women).
  • Team USA will be competing in all 16 sport disciplines across eight sports.
  • A total of 24 states are represented (by hometown) on the U.S. roster; Colorado leads with 18 athletes, followed by New York with eight.
  • The youngest and oldest members on the team are 14-year-old pairs figure skater Cate Fleming (July 27, 2005; Brookline, Massachusetts) and 17-year-old ski mountaineer Grace Staberg (Jan. 3, 2002; Silverthorne, Colorado). All participating athletes must be between the ages of 15-18 as of Dec. 31, 2020.
  • Two athletes will be following in a family tradition of representing Team USA at the Youth Olympic Games. Freestyle skier Svea Irving (Winter Park, Colorado), who will compete in women’s halfpipe, is the younger sister of skier Birk Irving, who took home gold in the men’s halfpipe event at the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lillehammer 2016. Skeleton athlete James McGuire (Queensbury, New York) is also the second in his family to compete at the Youth Olympic Games, with his sister Kalyn McGuire having competed in the sport at Lillehammer 2016, where she served as the Opening Ceremony flag bearer.
  • Siblings Erik and Annika Belshaw (Steamboat Springs, Colorado) will both join the Youth Olympic Team in Lausanne, with the two constituting half of Team USA’s ski jumping team.
  • Ice dancer Jeffrey Chen (Fremont, California) is the younger brother of figure skater Karen Chen, who competed in the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
  • Cross-country skier Will Koch (Peru, Vermont) is the son of Olympian Bill Koch, who won the silver medal in the men’s 30-kilometer cross-country event at the 1976 Innsbruck Games, becoming the first American Olympic medalist in the sport.
  • Three American Olympians will serve as coaches for the U.S. Youth Olympic Team with 2010 Olympian John Benton (Plymouth, Minnesota) supporting the Ethan Hebert (Lowell, Massachusetts) curling rink, 1988 Olympian Jon Owen (Park City, Utah) supporting the U.S. Youth Olympic Games Luge Team and 2002 Olympic bronze medalist Jarret “JJ” Thomas (Encinitas, California) supporting the American snowboard athletes.
  • Nine members of the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team have already committed to playing in college:
  • Olympic bronze medalist Alex Deibold (snowboarding; Boulder, Colorado), national team athlete Tara Geraghty-Moats (Nordic combined and ski jumping; West Fairlee, Vermont), Olympic bronze medalist Jamie Greubel Poser (bobsled; Newtown, Pennsylvania), and two-time Olympic medalist Hannah Kearney (freestyle skiing; Norwich, Vermont) are among the 25 athletes selected by the International Olympic Committee to serve as Athlete Role Models in Lausanne, where they will serve as mentors and facilitate learning activities at the Games. This will mark the second time Hannah Kearney serves as an ARM, having also joined Team USA at Lillehammer 2016.
  • Team USA’s 2016 Olympic alternate Alison Williams (synchronized swimming; Los Angeles, California) will also travel to Lausanne, taking part in the International Olympic Committee’s athlete transition program to learn about Games-time operations to support the Olympic Movement.