Minnesotans go for the gold at the Winter Olympic Games
Minnesota is well represented as the Winter Olympic Games officially get underway in Beijing Friday.
State of play: At least 23 athletes competing for Team USA list a Minnesota hometown on the roster — even more have ties to the state.
Who to watch: Plenty of Minnesotans are considered in a position to make the podium.
- Cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, an Afton resident who grew up in St. Paul, is defending her stunning 2018 gold medal win.
- Curler John Shuster, a Chisholm native, is hoping to lead the men's team to another gold.
- And 13 Minnesotans — seven men and six women — fill the rosters of the USA's top-ranked hockey teams.
The Omicron effect: Unfortunately, these aren't your typical Winter Games. The pandemic prompted strict COVID-19 testing protocols and no fans from abroad are allowed in the stands. That means even family members of athletes had to stay home.
What they're saying: Curler Tara Peterson told Torey it's a "bit of a bummer" that American fans, including her husband, have to cheer for afar. But the Eagan dentist is determined to not let that damper her first Olympics.
- "We're definitely capable of being on the podium," she said of the team, which also includes her sister Tabitha. "It's just a matter of playing as best as we can. And also having luck go a little bit our way."
The bottom line: Let's go for the gold, Minnesota!
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