Fun Facts

Team Notes

  • 62 athletes (42 males, 20 females)
  • 15 disciplines across seven sports
  • 21 states represented (by hometown); Michigan leads with eight athletes, followed by California and Colorado with six apiece.
  • 15 athletes speak a foreign language, including two who speak German – Alex Hall (freestyle skiing) and Ryan Savage (ice hockey) – and one who speak Swedish, Adam Samuelsson (ice hockey).
  • Joseph Goodpaster (figure skating) is pursuing his mechanical engineering degree at the University of South Florida and is the only Team USA athlete who has already graduated high school. Additionally, nine members of the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team have already committed to playing in college.

Family Ties

  • Vasek Cervenka (biathlon) – Father, Vladimir, is the U.S. Junior National Team coach and mother, Petra, represented the Czech National Team at the 1992 Olympic Winter Games.

  • Ben Loomis (Nordic combined) – Brother, Adam Loomis, competes on the FIS World Cup circuit in Nordic combined.

  • Erik Middendorf (ice hockey) – Uncle, Max Middendorf, played for Team USA at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championships.

  • Alanson Owen (luge) – Father, Jon Owen, competed at the Calgary 1988 Olympic Winter Games in luge, and his mother, Zianibeth Shattuck-Owen, was the women’s luge alternate for the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games.

  • Adam Samuelsson (ice hockey) – Brother, Philip Samuelsson, represented Team USA at the 2009 IIHF World U18 Championships.

  • Ryan Savage (ice hockey) – Father, Brian, represented Team Canada at the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Luc Violette (curling) – Father, Tom Violette, is the 1992 U.S. curling champion and earned a bronze medal at the 1992 World Curling Championships. Most recently, Tom claimed titles at the 2015 World Senior Championships and U.S. Senior National Championships.

The YOG Effect

Twenty-one U.S. Youth Olympic athletes have also competed (or qualified to compete) at the Olympic Games and/or Pan American Games, including five winter sport athletes:

Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games:
Hannah Carson (track and field)* – Pan American Games (2015)
Katharine Holmes (fencing)* – Pan American Games (2015)
Ariel Hsing (table tennis) – Olympic Games (2012), Pan American Games (2011)
Kiera Janzen (swimming)* – Pan American Games (2015)
Miranda Leek (archery) – Olympic Games (2012), Pan American Games (2011)
Alex Massialas (fencing)* – Olympic Games (2012), Pan American Games (2011, 2015)
Kevin McDowell (triathlon)* – Pan American Games (2015)
Nathan Schrimsher (pentathlon) – Olympic Games (2016 – qualified), Pan American Games (2015)
Savannah Vinsant (trampoline gymnastics) – Olympic Games (2012)

Innsbruck 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games:  
Aaron Blunck (freestyle skiing)* – Olympic Winter Games (2014)
Summer Britcher (luge)* – Olympic Winter Games (2014)
Sean Doherty (biathlon)* – Olympic Winter Games (2014)
Arielle Gold (snowboarding)* – Olympic Winter Games (2014)
Tucker West (luge)* – Olympic Winter Games (2014)

Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games:
T.J. DeFalco (beach volleyball) – Pan American Games (2015)
Meghan Small (swimming)* – Pan American Games (2015)
Clara Smiddy (swimming)* – Pan American Games (2015)
Richelle Stephens (rugby) – Pan American Games (2015)
Lily Zhang (table tennis)*^ – Olympic Games (2012), Pan American Games (2015)
Laura Zeng (rhythmic gymnastics)* – Pan American Games (2015)

*Youth Olympic medalist
^Lily Zhang is the first and only American to compete at the Olympic Games prior to competing at the Youth Olympic Games.