COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee today announced the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022, who will be honored and inducted at a ceremony to be held on Friday, June 24 at the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum. in Colorado Springs. The class of 2022 is made up of eight individuals, two teams, two legends, a coach and a special contributor.
Inductees include Natalie Coughlin (swimming), Muffy Davis (Para-Alpine Skiing and Para-cycling), Mia Hamm (soccer), David Kiley (para-alpine skiing, para-athletics and wheelchair basketball), michelle kwan (figure skating), Michael Phelps (swimming), Lindsey Vonn (Alpine skiing), Trischa Zorn-Hudson (Para-swimming), the 1976 Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Swimming Teamthe 2002 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team, Gretchen Fraser (caption: alpine skiing), Roger Kingdom (caption: athletics), Pat Summitt (coach: basketball) and Billie Jean King (special contributor).
“It is a distinct honor to welcome the Class of 2022 to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame and to celebrate their remarkable individual and team achievements as representatives of Team USA,” said Sarah Hirshland, CEO of USOPC. “Induction into the Hall of Fame adds to the immense legacy of these great athletes and teams, and also commemorates the contributions of the members of ‘the team behind the team’ who have dedicated themselves to helping Team USA succeed on and off the field of play.”
The Class of 2022 has represented the United States as athletes at 27 Olympic and Paralympic Games combined, totaling 129 medals, including 86 gold medals. Two new sports or sports disciplines have also been added to the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame, with Muffy Davis as a para-cyclist and the 2002 sledge hockey team. Pat Summitt and Billie Jean King become the first women inducted into the Coaches and Special Contributors categories, respectively.
National governing bodies, alumni, current athletes and other members of the Olympic and Paralympic community have been invited to nominate eligible athletes. From there, a nominating committee made up of people from the Olympic and Paralympic movements narrowed it down to a set of finalists. The Class of 2022 was determined through a voting process that includes Olympians and Paralympians, members of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Family, and online voting open to fans. The United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame was one of the first national sports halls of fame to include fan voting as part of its selection process, and this year more than 432,000 votes were cast on all platforms.
This will be the 17th class inducted into the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame, bringing the total to 168 inductees (individuals and teams). The first class was inducted in 1983 and the most recent class was inducted in 2019. Find the full list of Hall of Fame inductees here.
The Distinguished Class of 2022 includes:
- Natalie Coughlin (swimming – 2004, 2008, 2012): At three Olympic Games, Natalie Coughlin competed in 12 events and won 12 medals. She became the first American female athlete to win six medals at a single Games. She is tied for the most Olympic medals for an American female athlete.
- Muffy Davis (Para-Alpine Skiing and Para-cycling – 1998, 2002, 2012): A seven-time Paralympic medalist, Davis has been part of the Paralympic movement for 20 years as an athlete, ambassador, volunteer and active member of several committees. She is a two-term member of the IPC Board of Directors and currently serves on the USOPC Board of Directors and the USOPC Paralympic Advisory Board.
- Mia Hamm (soccer – 1996, 2000, 2004): One of the most decorated female soccer players in competitive United States history, Hamm made 275 national team appearances and 158 national team goals. She is a three-time Olympic medalist, two-time World Cup champion, two-time World Cup bronze medalist and was FIFA World Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002.
- David Kiley (para-alpine skiing, para-athletics and wheelchair basketball – 1976, 1980, 1988, 1992 (summer and winter), 2000): David Kiley is a six-time Paralympian and Paralympic gold medalist in three sports. During his career, Kiley became the only player to have played wheelchair basketball in four different decades. Kiley went on to coach at three more Paralympic Games as a member of the wheelchair basketball team and served as commissioner and president of the NWBA.
- michelle kwan (figure skating – 1994 (alternate), 1998, 2002): The most decorated figure skater in US history, Michelle is a two-time Olympic medalist, five-time world champion and nine-time world championship medalist. She competed at the senior level for more than a decade during the most competitive era of women’s figure skating and was a nine-time United States Women’s Champion.
- Michael Phelps (swimming – 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016): Phelps is the most decorated Olympian of all time (28 medals) and the most decorated Olympian of all time (23 gold medals). The only American male swimmer to have competed on five Olympic teams, Phelps ended his Olympic career with six medals in Brazil. In 2000, at age 15, he became the youngest American male Olympian since 1932 and his eight gold medals at the 2008 Olympics set an Olympic record.
- Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Skiing – 2002, 2006, 2010, 2018): The most successful ski racer in history and with three Olympic medals to her name, Lindsey Vonn is the only American to have won gold in the downhill at the Olympic Games in winter and the only American with four overall World Cup titles. With an 18-year career that ended after the 2017-18 season, she is second all-time internationally with a total of 82 World Cup wins.
- Trischa Zorn-Hudson (Para-swimming – 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004): The most decorated Paralympic athlete of all time, Trischa Zorn-Hudson’s incredible career spanned seven Paralympic Games over more than two decades. She is credited with winning 55 Paralympic medals, including 41 gold. Over a 12-year period, from 1980 to 1992, Zorn-Hudson was undefeated in every Paralympic race she entered, winning gold in 25 races.
- 1976 Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay Swimming Team: On their way to breaking the world record by nearly four seconds, the women’s team beat a team of what later turned out to be state-sponsored, medically enhanced athletes from East Germany , during the last event of the swimming program.
- 2002 Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team: The United States Paralympic Sledge Hockey Team’s championship performance in 2002 led the United States to its first-ever Paralympic gold medal in sledge hockey. Undefeated in Paralympic play, the United States twice defeated gold medalist Norway in 1998 in their six-game unbeaten run to the gold medal. Their home gold served as a catalyst for the expansion not only of sledge hockey in the United States
- Gretchen Fraser (caption: Alpine Skiing – 1948): Gretchen Fraser became the world’s first skiing star, winning gold and silver in the debut of modern alpine skiing events at the 1948 Winter Olympics. In a sport that captured global attention after World War II, Fraser was treated as a national hero upon her triumphant return to America.
- Roger Kingdom (caption: athletics – 1984, 1988): Roger Kingdom is a double Olympic gold medalist in the 110 meter hurdles in 1984 and 1988. A former world and American record holder, he is one of only two runners to ever win consecutive Olympic titles in the 110 meter hurdles.
- Pat Summitt (Coach: Basketball – 1976, Athlete; 1984, Coach): As a coach, Summitt helped the United States women’s team win gold at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. During her tenure as head coach of women’s basketball at the University of Tennessee, Summit led the team to eight NCAA championships and tallied more wins than any other Division I college basketball coach. in NCAA history, a record that stood through 2020, and has never missed the NCAA Tournament in 38 years. As an athlete, Summit won Olympic silver as co-captain in the 1976 Games. Summit is the first female inductee in the coaching category.
About the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum
The US Olympic & Paralympic Museum offers an immersive and universally accessible look at the journey of Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Through interactive exhibits, innovative presentations and a comprehensive collection of artifacts, the Museum instills the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect, as well as the Paralympic values of determination, equality, inspiration and of courage to each visitor. It honors the legends of yesterday with the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame while inspiring the legends of tomorrow through entertaining activities and events. The 60,000 square foot attraction is more than a museum, but a life-changing experience that will continue to educate and inspire audiences to participate for generations to come.
About the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame
The United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to celebrate the achievements of America’s top athletes in the modern Olympics and Paralympics. The first class of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Hall of Fame was inducted in 1983 at a ceremony in Chicago and included great names from the United States team such as Muhammad Ali, Bob Beamon, Peggy Fleming, Al Oerter , Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Mark Spitz, Jim Thorpe and the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” men’s hockey team.