Nine US military athletes at the Winter Olympics will represent Team USA from Feb. 4 through Feb. 20.
Five military athletes headed to the Winter Olympics are in the US Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP). This military program allows Army service members with elite capabilities to compete at the Olympics.
Here are the nine US military athletes who will be suiting up in red, white, and blue in the coming days.
Nine Military Athletes At The Winter Olympics
Spc. Benjamin Loomis | Nordic Combined
Loomis grew up in Wisconsin. At the age of two, he began cross-country skiing and ski jumping at five. Loomis soon paved his snow-covered path following his older brother’s footsteps by moving to Utah at 15 to join the national team.
Loomis went on to win a silver medal at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in Norway and competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
“This will be both of our first Olympics representing the US Army and the World Class Athlete Program, so the added level of honor there is truly incredible, and it’s something we’re both very excited for,” Loomis said.
Sgt. Emily Sweeney | Luge Singles
From Suffield, Connecticut, Sweeney followed her older sister, Megan, a former Olympic luger, into the winter sport.
In 2011, Sweeney enlisted in the Army after graduating high school, serving in the military police. She later competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Spc. Frank Del Duca | Bobsled – 4-person & 2-person
He joined the Army in 2019 and joined the WCAP. He praises the WCAP for assisting him and other athletes to reach the Olympics.
Del Duca had a tremendous athletic career before finding bobsledding and joining the national team in 2015.
Spc. Hakeem Abdul-Saboor | Bobsled – 4-person & 2-person
Abdul-Saboor is from Virginia. He will represent the USA in his second Olympics as a bobsled brakeman (who controls its speed along the course).
Abdul-Saboor began his athletic career with football at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He later pursued bodybuilding and personal training. He then joined the Army as a biomedical equipment specialist in 2019.
Spc. Jasper Good | Nordic Combined
Good grew up in Colorado and competed in winter sports clubs before moving to Utah in 2016 to join the Nordic combined national team. Nordic combined involves both ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
Good and his teammate Loomis were on Team USA at the 2018 Winter Olympics while still civilians.
Good and Loomis enlisted in the Utah Army National Guard in 2019. They completed basic training together and joined the WCAP.
Airman 1st Class Kelly Curtis | Skeleton
Spc. Sean Doherty | Biathlon
Spc. Deedra Irwin | Biathlon
Spc. Leif Nordgren | Biathlon
Spc. Vaclav Cervenka | Biathlon
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