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2018 Metro Detroit Winter Olympians

February 5, 2018

Several local athletes are going for the gold at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

By Karleigh Stone

Hundreds of athletes competing for Team USA are flying to PyeongChang, South Korea, this month for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Did you know several live right in our backyard? Here’s a look at the 2018 Metro Detroit winter Olympians.

Evan Bates

2018 Metro Detroit Olympians

Evan Bates. Photo courtesy of Evan Bates / Twitter

Evan Bates and partner Madison Chock in 2011.

Sport: Ice dancing

City: Ann Arbor
Age: 28
High School: Huron High School

The PyeongChang Games mark Bates’ third Olympics. He competed in Sochi in 2014 with current partner, Madison Chock, where they placed eighth. He placed 11th in 2010 in Vancouver with former partner, Emily Samuelson. As a duo, Bates and Chock won the silver at the 2015 World Championship and bronze in 2016. In addition to figure skating, Bates enjoys golfing, reading and playing guitar.

Madison Chock

2018 Metro Detroit Winter Olympians

2018 Metro Detroit Winter Olympians

Sport: Ice dancing
City: Novi
Age: 25
High School: Novi High School

For Chock, PyeongChang will be her second Olympic Games, after competing with Bates in Sochi. Chock designs her own costumes and designs for other skaters as well.


Megan Keller

2018 Metro Detroit Olympians

Megan Keller. Image via TeamUSA.org

Sport: Ice hockey
City: Farmington Hills
Age: 21
High School: North Farmington High School

This year marks Keller’s first Olympic appearance. The three-time World Champion got her start locally with the HoneyBaked Hockey Club. Keller is a student at Boston College and led the Eagles’ defense in scoring and assists in the 2016-2017 season. She was awarded the 2017 Cammi Granato award as the Women’s Hockey East Player of the Year for her stellar performance.


Jessica Kooreman

2018 Metro Detroit Winter Olympians

Jessica Kooreman via TeamUSA.org

Sport: Short-track speed skating
City: Melvindale
Age: 34
High School: Cabrini High School

Kooreman, who began roller skating at age 1, competed in Sochi in 2014 where she finished fourth in the 1,000-meter race and sixth in the 1,500-meter race. She is also a licensed real estate agent.


Ryan Pivirotto

2018 Metro Detroit Winter Olympians

Ryan Pivirotto via TeamUSA.org

Sport: Short-track speed skating
City: Ann Arbor
Age: 22
High School: East Lyme High School

Pivirotto is competing as a first-time Olympian. In addition to making his first Olympic team, his career achievements include skating with the 2013-2014 Junior World Team and the 2014 Fall World Cup Team.


Alex and Maia Shibutani

2018 Metro Detroit Winter Olympians

Maia and Alex Shibutani in 2011. Image by By David W. Carmichael via Wikimedia Commons

Sport: Ice dancing
City: Ann Arbor
Age: 26 and 23
High School: Huron High School

The Shibutani siblings, or “ShibSibs” as their fans call them, are a brother-sister ice dancing duo. The pair placed ninth in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Additionally, they have three World Championship medals, one silver (2016) and two bronzes (2011 and 2017), and have medaled at the U.S. Championships for 13 years straight, taking the gold in 2016 and 2017. They launched the ShibSibs YouTube channel in 2012.


James Wisniewski


Sport: Ice hockey
City: Canton
Age: 33
High School: Canton High School

Wisniewski is a first-time Olympian. He currently plays defense for the Kassel Huskies, a professional ice hockey team based in Kassel, Hesse, Germany. He previously played for the NHL’s Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens and Columbus Blue Jackets. Wisniewski is not only a defender in his sport, but a passionate defender of animal rights.

When to tune in

The Games begin Feb. 8 with curling and ski jumping. The competitions take place ahead of the Opening Ceremony at 8 p.m. local time in PyeongChang and 6 a.m. EST Feb. 9 in the United States. The Games end with the Closing Ceremony Feb. 25. A total of 102 events will be held across 15 sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsled, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, hockey, luge, Nordic combined, short-track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboard and speed skating.

How to watch

NBC and other networks of NBC Universal will broadcast this year’s games live. This differs from the past when many events were held from broadcast until primetime. Live streaming is also available on NBCOlympics.com or the NBC Sports app.

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