The United States Olympic Committee on Wednesday announced its team members for competition at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. The U.S. Team will be composed of 211 athletes, the largest athlete delegation in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
Team USA will have athletes scheduled to compete in every sport discipline at the 2002 Games, including eight athletes in the sport of biathlon; 14 in the sport of bobsled; 10 in the sport of curling; 14 in the sport of figure skating; 43 in the sport of ice hockey; 10 in the sport of luge; five in the sport of skeleton; 78 in the skiing disciplines; and 29 in short and long track speedskating. (Complete list, this page.)
The 2002 U.S. Olympic Team will have 94 athletes with previous Olympic experience. The elder statesman and stateswoman in terms of Olympic experience for the U.S. Olympic Team are bobsled athlete Brian Shimer (Naples, Fla.) and short track speedskating athlete Amy Peterson (Maplewood, Minn.), who will be competing in their fifth ('88, '92, '94, '98) Olympic Games.
The oldest athlete is curling's Joni Cotton (Mt. Prospect, Ill.), who was born May 21, 1953. The youngest athlete on the U.S. Team for this Olympic Games is women's hockey athlete Lyndsay Walls, born May 12, 1985.
In the sport of bobsled, the final roster will be determined after the doping appeal of Pavle Jovanovic has been ruled upon on Feb. 1, 2002.
"We a very excited by the deep talent pool of our Olympic team for the 2002 Games," said U.S. Chef de Mission Dwight Bell. "This team has worked extremely hard to reach this level, and more importantly, they have worked together through the many programs offered by the USOC.
"These athletes realize the importance of these Games at this time in our history, and they welcome the opportunity to represent our country and host the world's best on home soil."