Ivies in Salt Lake City Recap (2002)
2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games
2,399 Athletes, 77 Countries, 78 Events
The 2002 Salt Lake City Games were the first Winter Olympics in the United States since the 1980 Lake Placid Games. Accordingly, the Olympic flame was lit by the 1980 US 'Miracle on Ice' hockey team. The Olympic oath was read by Jim Shea, who would win gold in the return of skeleton to the Winter Olympics. Shea's grandfather, Jack Shea (Dartmouth, 1934), won two gold medals in speed skating in the 1932 Lake Placid Games.
A record 24 Ivy athletes competed in Salt Lake, the most, by far, were in the women's ice hockey tournament. Five were on the gold medal winning Canadian team: Becky Kellar (Brown, 1997), Dana Antall (Cornell), Correne Bredin (Dartmouth, 2002), Cherie Piper (Dartmouth, 2005), Jen Botterill (Harvard, 2002), and Tammy Shewchuk (Harvard '01). Eight suited up for the silver medal winning American squad: Katie King (Brown, 1997), Tara Mounsey (Brown, 2001), Sarah Tueting (Dartmouth, 1998), Gretchen Ulion (Dartmouth, 1994), Julie Chu (Harvard, 2006), A.J. Mleczko (Harvard, 1999), Angela Ruggiero (Harvard, 2002) and Andrea Kilbourne (Princeton, 2003).
On the men's ice hockey side, NHL star Joe Nieuwendyk (Cornell, 1988), led the Canadian men's ice hockey team to the gold medal, its first since the 1952 Oslo Games.
Seven skiers made the trip from Hanover to Salt Lake City. Hannah Hardaway (Cornell, 2003) finished fifth in the women's moguls competition. Nina Kemppel (Dartmouth, 1992), a veteran of two Winter Games, competed in five events at the Salt Lake Games.
Igor Boraska (Brown, 1994) rowed for his native Croatia at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. He was at the Salt Lake City Games as a bobsledder.
Arguably, the two Ivy stars of the 2002 Games were Sarah Hughes (Yale, 2009) and Travis Mayer (Cornell). Hughes won the gold medal in the women's individual figure skating competition at 16-years old, well before matriculating at Yale. She beat out figure skating great Michelle Kwan for the gold. On May 25, 2009, Hughes graduated from Yale with a concentration in U.S. politics and communities.
Mayer won the silver medal in the 2002 Moguls competition, again, like Hughes, as a teenager. Due to this, both attracted significant media attention. Mayer went on to participate in the 2006 Olympic Games as well.
|Igor Boraska||Brown University||Men's Bobsled|
|Becky Kellar||Brown University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Katie King||Brown University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Tara Mounsey||Brown University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Dana Antall||Cornell University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Hannah Hardaway||Cornell University||Women's Freestyle Skiing|
|Travis Mayer||Cornell University||Men's Freestyle Skiing|
|Joe Nieuwendyk||Cornell University||Men's Ice Hockey|
|Correne Bredin||Dartmouth College||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Barb Jones||Dartmouth College||Women's Nordic Skiing|
|Nina M. Kemppel||Dartmouth College||Women's Nordic Skiing|
|Scott Macartney||Dartmouth College||Men's Alpine Skiing|
|Cherie Piper||Dartmouth College||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Carl J. Swenson||Dartmouth College||Men's Nordic Skiing|
|Sarah Tueting||Dartmouth College||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Bradley Wall||Dartmouth College||Men's Alpine Skiing|
|Stacey Wooley||Dartmouth College||Women's Biathlon|
|Jen Botterill||Harvard University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Julie Chu||Harvard University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|A.J. Mleczko||Harvard University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Angela Ruggerio||Harvard University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Tammy Shewchuk||Harvard University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Dan Weinstein||Harvard University||Men's Short Track Skating|
|Lincoln DeWitt||University of Pennsylvania||Men's Skeleton|
|Andrea Kilbourne||Princeton University||Women's Ice Hockey|
|Sarah Hughes||Yale University||Women's Figure Skating|