Corrections and Clarifications: This story has been updated to correct stats that were inaccurate in Team USA’s original press release.
The United States will send 223 athletes to the Beijing Winter Olympics next month, including 108 women – its second-largest female contingent ever to compete at a Winter Games.
It will be the third consecutive Winter Olympics in which the U.S. team has 100 or more female athletes, and the closest to gender equity. There were 109 women named to the U.S. Olympic team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games, 101 of whom competed. (The United States regularly sends more women than men to compete in the Summer Games.)
This year’s delegation also includes a non-binary athlete, pair figure skater Timothy LeDuc.
Overall, the US team roster for Beijing – which was announced on Monday – is the second-largest on record, behind only the 228 athletes who competed at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. This group includes athletes from 31 states and 39 former Olympic medalists.
“This is an exciting 2022 U.S. Olympic Team – a great mix of returning champions building on notable legacies and first-time Olympians eager to show what they can do on the biggest stage. of sport,” said Rick Adams, chief of sports performance at the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
“The dedication of these Team USA athletes to train and compete in this unpredictable global environment is exemplary. It is an honor to support and celebrate Team USA, and we cannot wait for the Games to begin. “
The United States will have four five-time Olympians on their roster: snowboarders Lindsey Jacobellis and Shaun White, curler John Shuster and Katie Uhlaender in skeleton. Eight others will participate in their fourth Winter Games.
A total of 92 of Team USA’s athletes – or 41% of its delegation – have previous Olympic experience, while 131 athletes will be making their Olympic debut.
The youngest athlete on Team USA is figure skater Alysa Liu, 16, who secured her spot despite testing positive for COVID-19 halfway through the US Figure Skating Championships in Nashville, Tennessee, earlier this this month. Snowboarder Nick Baumgartner, who turned 40 in December, will be the oldest.
After securing their spots, the 223-member U.S. team will then focus on traveling to China and approving the country’s COVID-19 protocols, which include several tests before departure and one immediately upon arrival.
Some competitions will start on February 2, with the opening ceremony in Beijing scheduled for February 4.