These 13 Michigan athletes will be in the Winter Olympics in Sochi

Feb 5, 2014

It turns out that Michigan is really good on ice.

We've got 13 Olympic athletes going to Russia. Actually, they're probably already there since the opening ceremony is Friday.

The U.S. team is very serious as you can see.

There are 230 U.S. athletes who are going to the Olympics in Sochi. California is sending 20, while Colorado and Minnesota are each sending 19. 

Here's who Michigan is sending in alphabetical order, including their event:

Ann Arbor

  • Evan Bates, ice dancing
  • Alex Shibutani, ice dancing
  • Maia Shibutani, ice dancing

(The Shibutanis are siblings.)

Bloomfield Hills

  • Charlie White,  ice dancing 

Here's what the U.S. Olympic team tweeted about ice skating. 

East Lansing

  • Ryan Miller, men's ice hockey

Farmington Hills

  • Cam Fowler, men's ice hockey

Highland

  • Danny Davis, halfpipe (snowboarding)

Iron River

  • Nick Baumgartner, snowboardcross (snowboarding)

Here's the U.S. snowboarding team. Baumgartner, Davis, and Schorr are in there somewhere, waving their flags. 

Livonia

  • Ryan Kesler, men's ice hockey

Melvindale

  • Jessica Smith,  speedskating

Milford

  • Karly Shorr, slopestyle (snowboarding)

West Bloomfield

  • Meryl Davis, ice dancing

Woodhaven

  • Jilleanne Rookard, speedskating

Here are some other interesting things about the U.S. Olympic team:

  • The U.S. team is the largest delegation in the history of the Olympic Winter Games.
  • The youngest athlete is 15. Her name is Maggie Voisin and she is a freestyle skier. 
  • The oldest athlete is Ann Swisshelm, who participates in curling. She is 45. 
  • The average age for athletes is 26.
  • There are 105 female athletes and 125 male athletes.
  • Three of the athletes are mothers, 19 are fathers.

You can see all of them tomorrow night at the opening ceremony.

– Lucy Perkins, Michigan Radio Newsroom