COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee today announced the 67 members of the 2022 U.S. Paralympic Team, including two guides for visually impaired athletes, who will compete in the upcoming Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. The opening ceremony will take place on Friday March 4, with competition starting on March 5 and ending on Sunday March 13.
“We have an incredible group of 67 talented athletes ready to make their mark at the Paralympic Winter Games,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “Thanks to countless years of preparation, unparalleled coverage and the support of our partners, Team USA is ready to show the world that the 2022 Games will be an event they won’t want to miss.”
The 2022 U.S. Paralympic Team includes 39 returning Paralympians, including two six-time Paralympians – Oksana Masters and Aaron Pike in Nordic skiing – and one five-time Paralympian – Laurie Stephens in alpine skiing. Three members of Team USA will be competing at their fourth Paralympic Winter Games – Danelle Umstead and Jasmin Bambur in alpine skiing and Josh Pauls in sledge hockey.
“With a mix of veteran athletes and rising stars, we look forward to supporting and cheering on Team USA athletes as they live their dreams,” said Julie Dussliere, Paralympic Sports Chief and Chief mission statement for the 2022 Games. “The USOPC and National Governing Bodies are dedicated to making the entire journey a safe and transparent process for our athletes.”
Twenty-six athletes have already won Paralympic medals, including 22 athletes who have already won Paralympic gold. The masters top the list with four gold medals in Nordic skiing and para-cycling, while Josh Pauls and Kendall Gretsch each have three Paralympic gold medals. Seven American athletes come to Beijing after winning two Paralympic gold medals – Brenna Huckaby (snowboarding), Stephens (alpine skiing) and sledge hockey athletes Declan Farmer, Jen Lee, Kevin McKee, Rico Roman and Brody Roybal .
Highlighting the diversity and breadth of America’s Paralympic athletes and Paralympic sport, Team USA will today debut its all-new ad, “Now That’s Cool,” along with additional social content as part of the celebratory “Show the World”. The campaign, which launched ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, is dedicated to raising awareness of the Paralympic Movement while highlighting the remarkable talents, backgrounds and passions of Paralympic athletes – united by a mission of greatness to develop a more inclusive world through sport. Returning Paralympic Champion Andrew Kurka (Alpine Skiing) and Paralympian Joy Rondeau (Nordic Skiing) direct the new campaign film.
“The campaign is a huge step forward in increasing awareness of Paralympic sport,” Kurka said. “Raising awareness is important to help both equality for para-athletes and the future of adaptive sport. Adults will see and know that it is possible; the children will see and say – I want it to be me.
You can view the full list of the 2022 U.S. Paralympic Team by sport and state (as listed by the athletes’ recognized hometowns).
In partnership with Toyota, NBCUniversal will present an unprecedented 230+ hours of Paralympic Winter Games programming, including 120 hours of television coverage on NBC, Olympic Channel and USA Network. The Beijing Games program will also broadcast three hours in prime time for the first time. All events will be broadcast on Peacock and NBCOlympics.com.
Follow the American team in Beijing
Team USA fans can follow the 2022 USA Paralympic Team on TeamUSA.org and on Team USA social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and YouTube. The U.S. Paralympic Team microsite will feature Team U.S. results from the Paralympic Winter Games, as well as athlete bios, sports previews, a history book, competition schedules and facts and figures on the American delegation.
Facts about the 2022 U.S. Paralympic Team
- Masters Oksana (Louisville, Kentucky) is the most decorated athlete on the list with 10 Paralympic medals in Nordic skiing, cycling and rowing, including four gold medals. Masters has won seven Paralympic medals in Nordic skiing.
- Laurie Stephens (Wenham, Mass.) is the team’s second most decorated winter sports athlete with seven Paralympic medals in alpine skiing: two gold, two silver and three bronze.
- Twenty-six athletes and a guide will make their Paralympic debut in Beijing. The new team is led by the world champion Zach Miller (snowboard) and triple medalist at the world championships Sydney Peterson (Nordic skiing) heading to Beijing after historic performances at the Lillehammer 2021 World Para Snow Championships.
- The 2022 roster is made up of 15 female athletes (23%) and 52 male athletes, including the two guides (77%).
- Since the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games, Paralympic Champion Josh Sweeney (Glendale, Arizona) switched from sledge hockey to Nordic skiing.
- Twenty-seven states are represented, with Colorado hosting the most athletes with a total of 10.
- Jesse Keefe (alpine skiing) is the youngest athlete on the team competing at 17, while Pam Wilson (wheelchair curling) is the oldest athlete competing at 66.
- Alpine skiers Danelle Umstead (Park City, Utah) and Rob Umstead (Park City, Utah) are the only married couple on Team USA. Rob has been Danelle’s guide to the Winter Games since 2010.
- Twelve athletes have served in the United States Armed Forces, including six athletes who served in the Marine Corps, four in the Army, and two in the Navy.
- Six-time Paralympians mastery and Aaron Pike (Park Rapids, Minnesota) have been part of every U.S. Paralympic Team roster, summer and winter, since 2012. Masters has competed in rowing, cycling and Nordic skiing, while Pike has competed in track and field and Nordic skiing .
- The most decorated winter team in history, Team USA sledge hockey features 11 athletes who helped the United States win a third consecutive gold medal and an unprecedented fourth overall in PyeongChang 2018, as well as 14 athletes who led the team to its fifth record. world title last year.
- Four multi-sport athletes will make their second Paralympic Games appearance within six months in the sport of Nordic skiing after competing at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – Dani Aravich (Athletics), Kendall Gretsch (paratriathlon), mastery (para-cycling) and Pike (Athletics).
- Of the 67 athletes named to the team (including guides), 25.37% competed collegially. Sledge hockey and Nordic skiing each have the most collegiate athletes with seven each.