“This is a tremendous honor for Minnesota and for our current and former student-athletes who represented the United States in Beijing,” said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. “Our state, university and athletic department take great pride in preparing our men and women to compete at the highest level and there is no greater achievement than representing your country in the Olympics. We are honored and honored that Maroon and Gold led the Reds, White and Blue in Beijing.”
Team USA Collegiate Impact Award class of 2022
Last winter in Beijing, Team USA consisted of 85 Olympians and 17 Paralympians who had honed their skills through collegiate athletics; together they represented 54 schools. The four Team USA Collegiate Impact Award Class of 2022 honorees contributed to the success of 22 US athletes at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and four US athletes at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. Collectively, these schools were well represented by 20 US athletes who brought home medals for their schools and their country. The 2022 vintage consists of:
∙ Olympic gold: University of Minnesota; 12 US Olympians and eight US medalists.
∙ Olympic Silver Award: University of Wisconsin; five US Olympians and five US medalists.
∙ Olympic bronze medal: Boston College; five US Olympians and three US medalists.
∙ Paralympic Gold Award: University of New Hampshire; four US Paralympionists and four US medalists.
“The collegiate track and field system is critical to the growth and maintenance of the sport in our country,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “Athletes competing together were the foundation of Team USA’s success in Tokyo and Beijing. We are excited to honor the leaders who advance these sports opportunities and support student-athletes on campus.”
Five student-athletes from Gopher and seven Minnesota alumni represented 2022 Maroon and Gold in Beijing. Ice hockey athletes Megan Bozek, Hannah Brandt, Dani Cameranesi, Amanda Kessel, Abbey Murphy, Kelly Pannek, Lee Stecklein and Grace Zumwinkle all won silver. Men’s hockey athletes Brock Faber, Matthew Knies, Ben Meyers and Aaron Ness led Team USA to a group stage unbeaten record before losing to Slovakia in the quarterfinals.
For more information about the Team USA Collegiate Recognition Awards—and about Team USA’s collegiate presence in Beijing—go online at TeamUSA.org/CollegiateImpact.