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The U.S. women's ice hockey team dismantled Finland in their semifinals matchup at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Monday, scoring goals early and often and claiming a spot in the gold medal game, where they will face Canada.

The U.S. team scored two goals in each of the first two periods; a pair of scores came in less than one minute in the second period.

Mikaela Shiffrin overcame both delays and some of the best skiers in the world to claim her first gold medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics, winning the giant slalom. The weather finally cooperated, with sunny, clear skies over the Yongpyong Alpine Center in Pyeongchang.

Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel won silver, 0.39 behind Shiffrin's combined time of 2:20.02.

Emily Dreissigacker at a competition earlier this year in Germany.
Matthias Schrader / Associated Press

When she was younger, Emily Dreissigacker would sometimes head up to the attic of her family's home, searching for memorabilia that her mother, Judy Geer, had brought back from her time as a member of two US Olympic rowing teams.

Olympian Sophie Caldwell in a photo outdoors with her grandfather John Caldwell.

You don't have to go far to pass the torch to the next generation of great athletes in Vermont, because in the Green Mountain State, Olympic bloodlines are all in the family.


As the Winter Olympics kicks off, the U.S. Women's cross-country ski team — including those with ties to Vermont like Ida Sargent, Jessie Diggins, Liz Stephen, Sophie Caldwell, Kaitlynn Miller, and Caitlin Patterson — is favored to bring home a number of medals.

Hannah Kearney of Norwich won a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic and a bronze in 2014.
Bela Szandelszky / AP

As the Winter Olympics begin this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the U.S. team — as usual — will have a significant contingent of Vermonters. It's easy to forget how many world-class winter athletes live in the state. And many of them come from a single Vermont town.

Reese Brown / US Ski and Snowboard

A group of ten men and women — the most of any sport — from Vermont are headed to PyeongChang, South Korea as members of Team USA's cross-country skiing team, this year.

Sarah Brunson / US Ski and Snowboard

Vermont is sending two seasoned Olympians to compete in PyeongChang, South Korea, for the US Snowboarding Team.

US Ski and Snowboard

The USA Freestyle Skiing Team includes three Vermonters, two of whom are representing their country at the Olympics for the very first time.

Steven Kornreich / US Ski and Snowboard

One Vermonter heading to PyeongChang this month is an alpine skier with a name that evokes its own bit of Olympic history. Ryan Cochran-Siegle's mother Barbara Ann Cochran won gold in the 1972 Olympic slalom. Now Cochran-Siegle, 25, who grew up in Starksboro is competing in his first Olympics.

Ally Eames / USA Hockey

The Catamounts will be well represented in Pyeongchang, South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics: Members of the Men's and Women's of the U.S. Ice Hockey Team played for the University of Vermont.

USA Luge

Two of the members of Team USA competing in Luge and Bobsleigh PyeongChang, South Korea, have ties to our region:

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A combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting, four athletes with ties to our area are headed to South Korea to compete in this year's competition.

Cody Downard / US Ski and Snowboard

Five members of the USA Alpine Skiing team have ties to Vermont this year.

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Michal Cervany

A Vermonter is heading back to the Olympics to compete in the U.S. mountain bike discipline. Lea Davison of Jericho will be in Rio for this year's games. 

How does a Vermont-born-and-raised kid who grew up on a farm in Cabot and eventually played college soccer in California become the head basketball coach for the Nigerian men's Olympic team?

Courtesy of Peter Graves

In addition to the many athletes preparing for a big trip to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics next month, there is a small army of other people who will also be making the trek, including coaches, trainers, health care workers and journalists. Among the Vermonters going is sports broadcaster Peter Graves of Thetford. He'll be doing live PA announcing at some of the Rio events.

Porto: Beating The Odds

Apr 28, 2014

I was pleased that Governor Peter Shumlin honored Vermont’s 2014 Winter Olympians. This celebratory event reminded me how inspiring I always find the Olympics to be, including this year’s Winter Games.

Those of us who were once involved in winter sports – skiing, skating, bobsledding – might easily dismiss the spectacle of the Olympics. The starting line of a cross-country race, for example, represents sometimes lonely years of weight lifting, hill running, wind sprints, waxing, and thousands of miles of looking at the words Fischer, Rossignol, or Karhu shooting ahead of you in the snow.