Midwest Athletes Had Some Big Moments in Pyeongchang

Team USA sent a slew of athletes from the Midwest to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and athletes from the Midwest shone brightly on the world stage.

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Maia and Alex Shibutani, left; Bradie Tennell, right, competes during their respective figure skating events on Feb. 11, 2018, during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The sibling team and Tennell both made a strong showing for the U.S. on Sunday morning.
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Hometown: Addison, Illinois
nScimeca-Knierim and her husband Chris won bronze medals in the Team Event, but struggled to a disappointing no-medal finish in Pairs Figure Skating.
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Hometown: Afton, Minnesota
nDiggins gave an inspiring performance in the cross-country skiing team event, contributing to the first American cross-country skiing gold medal in Olympic history. She also racked up top-five finishes in the 10 kilometer freeski, the 15 kilometer skiathlon, and the Ladies 4 x 5 kilometer relay.
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Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
nAfter finishing in seventh in mixed doubles, Matt Hamilton led the U.S. on a shocking run that culminated with the team winning the first ever curling gold medal in U.S. history.
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Hometown: Palos Heights, Illinois
nCoyne won a silver medal with the U.S. squad in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but got revenge on Canada as the Americans won gold this time around.
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Hometown Chicago, IL
nDavis finished well off the pace in the 1500 meter race, finishing in 19th place, but he did manage a top-10 finish in the men's 1000 meters, finishing in seventh.
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Hometown: Carpentersville, IL
Tennell won a bronze medal as part of the Team Figure Skating event, but that success didn't carry over to the individual event, where she finished in ninth place.
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Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
nNick had two chances to chase down Oystein Braaten in the Slopestyle event, but came up just short as he put up a 93.60 in his final run. That was good enough to capture the silver, overtaking Canad’s Alex Beaulieu-Marchand.
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Hometown: Cary, IllinoisnGlasder finished in 32nd place in the Normal Hill competition and 46th in Large Hill. The U.S. men's team took 9th place.
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Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
nHamilton struggled with her brother Matt in mixed doubles, finishing in 7th place, and didn't fare a lot better in the Women's competition, as Team USA failed to reach the medal round.
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Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
nThe Shibutani’s, or #ShibSibs, came into the Olympics with high hopes and delivered a pair of medal winning performances, including a bronze medal in the Team Event. They also had a strong Free Skate in the Ice Dancing competition, finishing in the bronze medal spot behind the Canadian duo of Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
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Hometown: Wauconda, IllinoisnBickner, one of a trio of athletes from the Norge Ski Club, finished in 18th place in the Normal Hill competition before going on to take 20th in Large Hill. The American team took 9th place in the Team Event.
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Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
nLoomis finished in 41st in the Individual Gundersen NH/10 Kilometer race and 40th in the Individual Gundersen LH/10 Kilometer race.
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Hometown: West Bloomfield, Michigan
nMack struggled in the Men’s Slopestyle event, finishing in 23rd, but he won a silver medal in the Big Air competition.
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Hometown: Oak Park, IL
nIt was a rough Olympic Games for Lehman, as he finished 21st out of 22 skaters in the 5000 meter race, and led the U.S. to a quarterfinal defeat at the hands of Canada in the Men’s Team Pursuit.
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Hometown: Florence, Wisconsin
nThe American competitors in the Women’s Normal Hill competition struggled in the final round, including Englund as she registered a 57.9 score and jumped just 77 meters in a 31st place finish.
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Hometown: Glenview, IL
It was a rough Olympics for Hansen, as he finished in 15th place in the 1500 meters and failed to advance out of the quarterfinals in the Men’s Team Pursuit.
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Hometown: Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota
nFinished in 58th place in the Men’s 10 Kilometer sprint, 50th in the 12.5 Kilometer pursuit and 66th in the 20 Kilometer individual event.
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Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
nGeorge and the U.S. men's curling team won the first ever gold medal for the American squad.
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Hometown: Barrington, Illinois
nLarson, the 100,000th male athlete in Olympics history, finished in 39th place in the Normal Hill competition. He also failed to qualify in the Large Hill competition, and his team finished 9th in the Team Event.
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Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
nEvans finished fifth in Women's Bobsled, missing bronze by 0.13 seconds, but fellow Americans Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs took silver.
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Hometown: Mapleton, Minnesota
nLandsteiner and Team Shuster won the gold in men's curling.
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Hometown: Cass Lake, Minnesota
nPolo was an alternate for the final match, but watched as his U.S. teammates won a gold medal against Sweden.
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Hometown: Chisholm, Minnesota
nthe leader of Team Shuster, John came back from a disappointing tournament in Sochi to win gold in Pyeongchang.
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Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
nChristensen competed with the U.S. women's team but was eliminated by Sweden in a 9-6 loss to fall short of the medal round.
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Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
nIn her fourth attempt, Geving finally qualified for the Olympics this time around, but the U.S. women's curling team was eliminated by Sweden.
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Hometown: Eagan, Minnesota
nA pharmacist, Peterson won a bronze medal with fellow Olympian Joe Polo at the 2016 World Mixed Doubles Championship. Unfortunately, the U.S. women's curling team was eliminated by Sweden.
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Hometown: McFarland, Wisconsin
nA registered nurse, Roth's squad was the top ranked team heading into trials and punched their ticket to PyeongChang, but the U.S. women's curling team was eliminated by Sweden.
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Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
nIn seventh place after the Short Dance, Chock and Bates stumbled in the Free Dance, putting up a score of 100.13, 12th-best among the qualified competitors. That led to them dropping to ninth place in the overall standings for the event, which was won by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
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Hometown: Novi, MI
nIn seventh place after the Short Dance, Chock and Bates stumbled in the Free Dance, putting up a score of 100.13, 12th-best among the qualified competitors. That led to them dropping to ninth place in the overall standings for the event, which was won by Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir.
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Hometown: Okemos, Michigan
nHubbel and partner Zachary Donohue narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal, finishing in fourth place in Ice Dancing. They were in third after the short program, but put up a 109.94 in the free dance, leaving them just five points behind Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani for a place on the podium.
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Hometown: Marysville, MI
Currently with Linkopings HC in the Swedish League, Billins has played in 10 NHL games. Billins and the U.S. men's team were knocked out of the competition after a 3-2 quarterfinal loss to the Czech Republic.
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Hometown: Vadnais Heights, Minnesota
nBrandt and the U.S. women's team beat Canada to secure their first gold medal in 20 years.
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Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota
nCameranesi and the U.S. women's ice hockey team beat Canada to take home the gold.
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Hometown: Dousman, Wisconsin
nDecker, who plays for the NWHL's Boston Pride, won gold in her second Olympics.
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Hometown: Farmington, Michigan
nKeller and Team USA beat Canada in the championship game.
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Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
nKessel won gold in her second Olympic Games.
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Hometown: Sun Valley, Idaho
nKnight, who was raised in Lake Forest, is one of the biggest stars of women's hockey and she won gold in her third Olympic Games.
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Hometown: Warroad, Minnesota
nMarvin and her Team USA squad beat Canada in the gold medal game.
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Hometown: Minnetonka, MN
Morin plied her craft at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and is now an Olympic gold medalist.
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Hometown: Plymouth, Minnesota
nPannek made it a first Olympics to remember as Team USA took home gold.
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Hometown: Delafield, Wisconsin
nThe first-time Olympic goaltender won gold against Team Canada.
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Hometown: Andover, Minnesota
nRooney back-stopped Team USA to a gold medal, shining in net during the team's final victory.
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Hometown: Lapeer, MI
Slater was knocked out of the competition by the Czech Republic. Slater has played for the Winnipeg Jets in his NHL career, and is currently playing with Fribourg-Gotteron HC in Switzerland.
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Hometown: Roseville, Minnesota
nThe defenseman, who plays for the University of Minnesota, is competing in her second Olympics after helping the U.S. to gold medals in the last three World Championships. The team is getting ready to face Canada in the gold medal match.
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Hometown: Bloomington, MN
nStoa has spent the last two seasons with Moscow Spartak of the KHL. He was knocked out of the Olympics in a loss to the Czech Republic.
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Hometown: Canton, MI
The former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman played in his first Olympics, but the team was defeated in a quarterfinals loss to the Czech Republic.
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Hometown: Glenview, Illinois
nGehring placed 21st in the 500 meter race, 26th in the 1500 meter race and was knocked out of competition for the 1000 meter race.
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Hometown: Melvindale, Michigan
nKooreman had a rough Olympics, getting knocked out of the 1000 meter race in the first round and getting disqualified in the 1500 meter race for a false start.
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Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan
nPivirotto and his Team USA squad-mates finished fifth in the 5000 meter relay.
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Hometown: Waukesha, Wisconsin
nWhitmore finished 15th in the men's 500 meter race and picked up a 10th place finish in the 1000 meters.
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Hometown: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin
nAntoine won a bronze medal during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but came up short in 14th place this year.
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