Below are the U.S. Olympic athletes with Idaho ties. We’ll update with results as they compete.
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▪ Hilary Knight of Sun Valley scored her first goal of the women’s hockey tournament to help the U.S. whip Finland 5-0 in a semifinal on Feb. 19. Knight, one of the leaders of the American team, has clinched at least a silver medal. But she’d like much more — she already won silvers in 2010 and 2014. The U.S. lost to Canada in the final those years and will face the Canadians again in the gold-medal game. That game will air at 9:10 p.m. Wednesday MT. Canada beat the Olympic Athletes from Russia 5-0 in the other semifinal.
▪ Jessika Jenson of Rigby advanced to the final of the women’s snowboarding Big Air event on Feb. 19. Jenson scored 76.25 on her first of two qualifying runs and that was good enough to grab the 12th and final spot in the final, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Thursday MT.
▪ Breezy Johnson of Victor finished 12th in the second training run for the women’s downhill Feb. 19. Johnson was third among Americans as she competes for one of four U.S. starting spots in the high-profile race. She failed to finish the first training run.
▪ Nick Cunningham of Boise State finished 21st in two-man bobsled. It was the closest Olympic sliding race in history, with Canada and Germany sharing the gold medal with identical times. “This is what makes the sport amazing,” Cunningham said. “Anyone can win on any given day.” Justin Olsen and brakeman Evan Weinstock were the top American sled, placing 14th.
▪ Scott Patterson, a McCall native, skied for Team USA in the 4x10km cross country relay on Feb. 18. The Americans finished last out of 14 teams.
▪ Breezy Johnson of Victor finished second among the four American entrants in the women’s super-G on Feb. 17. Johnson, who was in the back half of the start list with others not expected to contend, entered the race ranked 40th in the world in the super-G and sixth among Americans. She crossed the finish line in 14th place, just ahead of teammates Laurenne Ross and Alice McKennis. The only American who fared better was superstar Lindsey Vonn, who tied for sixth. Johnson is ranked 14th in the downhill (fourth in the U.S.) and her performance in the super-G should help her chances of getting one of the Americans’ four starts in that event.
▪ Scott Patterson, who was born in McCall, finished 21st overall and was the top American in the 15km freestyle cross country race on Feb. 16. He was the only American in the top 40.
▪ Chase Josey of Hailey was in third place with an 87.75 after the first run of the three-run final in the men’s halfpipe Feb. 14. He fell on his second run but delivered some spectacular tricks in the third run for an 88 to finish sixth.
Ben Ferguson, who was born in Boise but raised in Bend, Ore., nailed his last run for a 90.75 and fourth-place finish.
Shaun White of the U.S. won with a 97.75. Scotty James of Australia took the bronze with a 92.
▪ Chase Josey of Hailey delivered under pressure Feb. 13 in men’s snowboard halfpipe qualifying. Josey struggled to a 47.75 on his first run but nailed his second run to earn a score of 83.75. That was good enough for seventh place, which put him in the 12-man final. The three-round final is Wednesday in Korea but will air Tuesday night in Boise. The runs are scheduled for 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. MT and will air on NBC.
Josey is known for his highly technical run that includes some tricks that other competitors don’t do — assets that could set him apart in Olympic judging. He finished third in the 2016 X Games Oslo and fourth in the 2018 X Games Aspen.
“I do think I have a podium-level run,” he told the Idaho Statesman before traveling to the Olympics.
Ben Ferguson, who was born in Boise but grew up in Bend, Ore., was fourth in qualifying.
▪ Simi Hamilton, a former member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation team, qualified 19th out of 80 skiers in the men’s classic sprint Feb. 13. He was eliminated in the quarterfinals.
▪ Jessika Jenson of Rigby was in third place after the first run of the women’s slopestyle on Feb. 12 (Feb. 11 MT) and held that position through most of the second run as windy conditions led to many failed jumps. However, two riders were able to beat her score and knock her down to a fifth-place finish. Jenson scored 72.26 points on her first run. Laurie Blouin of Canada got the silver with 76.33 points on her second run and Enni Rukajarvi of Finland got the bronze with 75.38 points on her second run. Jamie Anderson of the U.S. won the gold with an 83-point performance on the first run.
▪ Hilary Knight of Sun Valley recorded an assist in the women’s hockey team’s win against Finland on Feb. 11.
▪ McCall native Scott Patterson finished 18th in the men’s skiathlon (15km classic, 15km skate) on Feb. 11 and was the top American in the event. No other American finished in the top 40.
▪ Rigby snowboarder Jessika Jenson’s women’s slopestyle event was postponed Feb. 11.
▪ McCall native Caitlin Patterson finished 34th out of 61 competitors in the women’s skiathlon (7.5km classic, 7.5 km skate) on Feb. 10. She was second among four Americans.
Chase Josey, men’s snowboard
Idaho connection: Born and raised in Hailey, still lives there
Event: Men’s snowboard halfpipe
Schedule: Qualification Feb. 12, final Feb. 13
Caitlin and Scott Patterson, cross country skiing
Ages: Caitlin is 28, Scott is 26
Idaho connection: They were born in McCall and moved to Alaska when she was in ninth grade and he was in seventh
Event: Women’s and men’s cross country skiing. Specific races to be determined.
Schedule: Cross country events run nearly every day of the Olympics.
Breezy Johnson, women’s alpine skiing
Idaho connection: Grew up in Victor
Event: Women’s downhill, possible women’s super G
Schedule: The women’s downhill is Feb. 20. The super G is Feb. 16.
Jessika Jenson, women’s snowboard
Idaho connection: Grew up in Rigby
Event: Women’s snowboard slopestyle and big air
Schedule: Women’s slopestyle qualifying was scheduled for Feb. 10-11 but the qualifying rounds were canceled, leaving the schedule uncertain. Big air qualifying is Feb. 18 and the final is Feb. 22.
Nick Cunningham and Sam Michener, men’s bobsled
Ages: Cunningham is 32, Michener is 30
Idaho connection: Cunningham was on the track team at Boise State, Michener was on the track team at Idaho
Event: Cunningham will drive two-man and four-man bobsleds. Michener is a push athlete on Cunningham’s four-man sled.
Schedule: The two-man bobsled is Feb. 18-19 and the four-man is Feb. 23-24.
Hilary Knight, women’s hockey
Idaho connection: She lists her hometown as Sun Valley, where her parents settled nine years ago
Event: Women’s hockey
Schedule: Team USA plays throughout the Olympics. The gold-medal game is at 9:10 p.m. MT on Feb. 21.
Simi Hamilton, men’s cross country skiing
Idaho connection: Former member of the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation team
Event: Men’s cross country skiing. Specific races to be determined.
Schedule: Cross country events run nearly every day of the Olympics.
Ben Ferguson, men’s snowboard
Idaho connection: He was born in Boise but grew up in Bend, Ore. His dad, Branden, was an All-Idaho football player and state wrestling champion at Centennial High and walk-on fullback for the Boise State football team.
Event: Men’s snowboard halfpipe.
Schedule: Competition is Feb. 13-14 MT.