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Emery Lehman, a student at Marquette University, is a competitor on the U.S. speed skating team.
Jesuit Ties to Winter Olympics 2018

February 12, 2018 — Over the next two weeks, athletes from around the world will compete in the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. Several have ties to Jesuit colleges and universities: from students to alumni, Jesuit-educated athletes and support staff can be found on the ice and behind the camera.

Boston College's hockey program is known for being among the best in collegiate sports, and this year six of its current and former players will be competing for Team USA. On the women's side, Cayla Barnes '22, Kali Flanagan '19, Megan Keller '19, Emily Pfalzer '15 and Haley Skarupa '16 will play on the U.S. hockey team, while on the men's side, Brian Gionta '01 will play and serve as team captain. Visit bc.edu to learn more.

A current Marquette University student, Emery Lehman '20, was selected to compete in his second Olympics on the U.S. speed skating team. Off the ice, Lehman is majoring in civil engineering at Marquette, and he recently spoke about his experience training for the Olympics with Milwaukee's ABC news affiliate.

Fordham University student Nicole Rajic '18 is competing for Slovakia in women's figure skating (Rajic's parents are natives of Slovakia). She recently shared her experiences in a new video interview for Fordham's website.

Among the members of the U.S. men's bobsled team is Georgetown University alumnus Christopher Kinney '11. A former track and field star for the Hoyas, Kinney began training for the bobsled team after graduating from Georgetown; learn more in this new video interview.


A recent graduate of Loyola University Maryland is on location in PyeongChang to serve as a production assistant for NBC Sports. Bob Trosset '17 works for the Washington, D.C., NBC affiliate and will help contribute toward the network's coverage of the events; visit magazine.loyola.edu to learn more and see photos from his first days in South Korea.

Seattle University alumnus Nick McCarvel '08 is also on the scene in PyeongChang; he is serving as a digital reporter for NBC. Follow him on Twitter @NickMcCarvel for daily updates including photos and videos.

Finally, a two-time, Jesuit-educated graduate of both Boston College and Fordham University is serving as director of Olympics sales marketing at NBC Universal. Sarah Greenwood shared her experience and discussed preparation for the PyeongChang Olympics with students at Fordham last fall; visit fordham.edu to learn more.

For more information on the Jesuit mission of athletic programs, visit ajcunet.edu/connections. [Source: Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities]

Please note: We hope we did not miss anyone, but if we did, please contact AJCU’s director of communications, Deanna Howes Spiro: dhowes@ajcunet.edu





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