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Instead of escaping the cold and snow, these Michiganders are heading to Pyeongchang

Feb 9, 2018

With the weather our state is facing this weekend, it’s unsurprising that Michigan is well-represented at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. 

13 competitors from Michigan are in South Korea for the Winter Games, which formally begin Friday night. The Michigan delegation includes hockey players, ice dancers, speed skaters, and more. Below you will find a list of the Michigan athletes, plus information on when you can watch their events. (Note: all of the times listed are Eastern Standard Time).

Evan Bates, ice dancing

Hometown: Ann Arbor

Education: Huron High School, University of Michigan

Age: 28

Madison Chock, ice dancing

Hometown: Novi

Education: Novi High School, Schoolcraft College graduate

Age: 25

 

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Evan Bates and Madison Chock have been partnered since 2011, and have since won two World medals, two Grand Prix Final medals, and four Four Continents medals. They were also the 2015 National Champions. They represented the U.S. at the 2014 Sochi games, and Bates also competed in 2010.

Schedule:

Saturday, Feb 10, 8PM, Ice Dance short dance, team event

Sunday, Feb 11, 10:20PM, Ice Dance free skate, team event

Sunday, Feb. 18, 8PM, Short dance

Monday Feb. 19, 8PM, Free skate

Nick Baumgartner, snowboarding

Hometown: Iron River

Education: West Iron County High School

Age: 36

Nick Baumgartner is a UP-native and competes in snowboard cross (SBX). He is a two-time X Games medalist, a two-time world champion, and competed in the 2010 and 2014 Olympics.

Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 9-11:30PM, Seeding runs

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 11:30PM-12AM, ⅛ Finals

Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:04-12:20AM, Quarterfinals

Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:30AM, Semifinals

Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:41 AM, Small Final

Thursday, Feb. 15, 12:45AM, Big Final

Chad Billins, hockey

Hometown: Marysville

Education: Ferris State University

Age: 28

Chad Billins is a defenseman that started his professional career with the Grand Rapids Griffins before making his NHL debut with Calgary Flames in 2013. He most recently has played as a free agent with various European clubs. This is his first Olympic Games.

Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:10AM, Preliminary round, Group B; USA vs. Slovenia

Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:10PM, Preliminary round, Group B; USA vs. Slovakia

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:10AM, Preliminary round, Group B: USA vs Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)

Monday, Feb. 19, TBD: Men’s Qualifications

Tuesday, Feb. 20, TBD: Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals

Friday, Feb. 23, TBD: Men’s Play-offs Semifinals

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:10AM, Men’s Bronze Medal Game

Saturday, Feb. 24, 1:10PM, Men’s Gold Medal Game

Madison Hubbell, ice dancing

Hometown: Okemos

Education: Laurel Springs High School

Age: 26

After competing with her older brother Keith for 10 years, Madison Hubbell was partnered with Zachary Donohue. Hubbell/Donohue are the current World Champions. The pair are also four-time U.S. bronze medalists.

Schedule:

Saturday, Feb 10, 8PM, Ice Dance short dance, team event

Sunday, Feb 11, 10:20PM, Ice Dance free skate, team event

Sunday, Feb. 18, 8PM, Short dance

Monday Feb. 19, 8PM, Free skate

Megan Keller, hockey

Hometown: Farmington Hills

Education: North Farmington High School

Age: 21

 

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Megan Keller is a defense player in her first Olympics. She competed on the U.S. team in 2015 and 2016 IIHF Women’s Hockey Championships. Currently a member of the Boston College women’s hockey team, Keller led all defensive players in points in the nation in the 2015-16 season.

Schedule:

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2:40AM, Preliminary Round, Group A, USA vs. Finland

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 7:10A, Preliminary Round, Group A, USA vs. Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 10:10PM, Preliminary Round, Group A, USA vs Canada

Friday, Feb 16, TBD, Women’s Play-Offs Quarterfinals

Saturday, Feb. 17, TBD, Women’s Classifications (5-8)

Sunday, Feb. 18, Monday, Feb. 19, TBD: Women’s Play-Off Semifinals

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2:40AM, Women’s Bronze Medal Game

Wednesday, Feb. 21, 10:10PM, Women’s Gold Medal Game

Kyle Mack, snowboarding

Hometown: West Bloomfield

Education: Brother Rice High School, Chicago

Age: 20

Kyle Mack has been snowboarding since he was 3 years old, and now competes in Slopestyle and Big Air. He placed first in at the U.S. Open in Slopestyle in 2016. Mack has been a member of the U.S. Snowboarding Team since 2011, although this will be his first Olympic games.

Schedule:

Friday, Feb. 9, 8PM, Slopestyle Qualifications

Saturday, Feb. 10, 8PM, Slopestyle Finals

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 7:30PM, Big Air Qualifications

Friday, Feb. 23, 8PM, Big Air Finals

Slopestyle schedule: https://goo.gl/nmj9HV

Big Air schedule: https://goo.gl/oQ87KZ

Ryan Pivirotto, speed skating

Hometown: Ann Arbor

Education: East Lyme High School, Colorado

Age: 22

Ryan Pivirotto is a short-track speed skater. He placed fifth in the 2018 Olympic qualifiers and has competed in four World Cup races.

Schedule:

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 6AM, 1500m

Friday, Feb. 23, 5AM, 1000m

Jim Slater, hockey

Hometown: Lapeer

Education: Michigan State University

Age: 35

Center Jim Slater played for MSU before playing nine seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers (Winnipeg Jets). He recently began a career in the European NLA. He also played on the U.S. Team in the 2006 and 2012 World Championships.

Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:10AM, Preliminary round, Group B; USA vs. Slovenia

Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:10PM, Preliminary round, Group B; USA vs. Slovakia

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:10AM, Preliminary round, Group B: USA vs Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)

Monday, Feb. 19, TBD: Men’s Qualifications

Tuesday, Feb. 20, TBD: Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals

Friday, Feb. 23, TBD: Men’s Play-offs Semifinals

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:10AM, Men’s Bronze Medal Game

Saturday, Feb. 24, 1:10PM, Men’s Gold Medal Game

Jessica Smith-Kooreman, speed skating

Hometown: Melvindale

Education: Cabrini High School

Age: 34

 

Made it to the Olympics with one of my best friends and teammate @lagehring1 . #letsgo #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #korea #seoul #pyeongchang2018

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Jessica Smith-Kooreman began her career as an inline speed skater and won 16 senior World Championships gold medals by the time she was 24. But in 2007 she switched to ice speed skating. Smith-Kooreman has won twelve World Cup Medals, competed in the 2010 Olympic games, and has held the U.S. National Record in the 500 meters since 2014.

Schedule:

Monday, Feb. 12, 7:30AM, Women’s 1500m https://goo.gl/phNadh

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 5AM, Women’s 1000m https://goo.gl/bYaNj7

Maia and Alex Shibutani, ice dancing

Hometown: Ann Arbor

Education: Huron High School, University of Michigan

Ages: 23, 26

Maia and Alex Shibutani (also known as the “Shib Sibs”) are three-time World medalists and two-time U.S. national champions. They competed in the 2014 games, finishing in 9th place.

Schedule:

Saturday, Feb 10, 8PM, Ice Dance short dance, team event

Sunday, Feb 11, 10:20PM, Ice Dance free skate, team event

Sunday, Feb. 18, 8PM, Short dance

Monday Feb. 19, 8PM, Free skate

James Wisniewski, hockey

Hometown: Canton

Education: Canton High School

Age: 33

 

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Jan 9, 2018 at 7:12am PST

Defenseman James Wisniewski has played for the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Carolina Hurricanes. He currently plays for the Kassel Huskies in the German DEL2 league. This is his first Olympic games.

Schedule:

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7:10AM, Preliminary round, Group B; USA vs. Slovenia

Thursday, Feb. 15, 10:10PM, Preliminary round, Group B; USA vs. Slovakia

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7:10AM, Preliminary round, Group B: USA vs Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR)

Monday, Feb. 19, TBD: Men’s Qualifications

Tuesday, Feb. 20, TBD: Men’s Play-offs Quarterfinals

Friday, Feb. 23, TBD: Men’s Play-offs Semifinals

Saturday, Feb. 24, 7:10AM, Men’s Bronze Medal Game

Saturday, Feb. 24, 1:10PM, Men’s Gold Medal Game

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