While all of the American athletes in Sochi can connect over a shared nationality, many teammates can bond about something more specific — their alma mater.
Whether they were classmates or attended decades apart, many athletes share an educational background, especially on the U.S. men’s and women’s hockey teams. The most popular school for this year’s U.S. Olympians — Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah — has 23 current and former students competing in the games.
These are the 10 colleges with the most students — both current and alumnae — in Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Cross-Country Skiing: Erik Bjornsen, Sadie Bjornsen, Holly Brooks, Kikkan Randall
Ice Hockey: Alex Carpenter, Molly Schaus, Kelli Stack, Brooks Orpik
Ice Hockey: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, T. J. Oshie, Zach Parise
Figure Skating: Evan Bates, Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Maia Shibutani, Alex Shibutani
Ice Hockey: Max Pacioretty
Ice Hockey: Megan Bozek, Amanda Kessel, Phil Kessel, Paul Martin, Gigi Marvin, Anne Schleper, Lee Stecklein, Blake Wheeler
Alpine Skiing: Steven Nyman
Biathlon: Annelies Cook
Bobsled: Steven Holcomb
Cross-Country Skiing: Torin Koos
Freestyle Skiing: Emily Cook
Ski Jumping: Lindsey Van
Speedskating: Alyson Dudek, Patrick Meek
Alpine Skiing: David Chodounsky, Nolan Kasper, Andrew Weibrecht
Biathlon: Hannah Dreissigacker, Susan Dunklee, Sara Studebaker
Cross-Country Skiing: Sophie Caldwell, Ida Sargent
Freestyle Skiing: Hannah Kearney
Curling: Erika Brown
Ice Hockey: Brianna Decker, Meghan Duggan, Hilary Knight, Ryan McDonagh, Joe Pavelski, Derek Stepan, Ryan Suter, Jessie Vetter
Alpine Skiing: Julia Ford, Travis Ganong, Jared Goldberg, Megan McJames, Leanne Smith, Marco Sullivan, Jacqueline Wiles
Cross-Country Skiing: Jessie Diggins, Torin Koos
Freeskiing: Maddie Bowman, Joss Christensen, Devin Logan, Brita Sigourney
Freestyle Skiing: Heather McPhie, Eliza Outtrim
Nordic Combined: Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher
Ski Jumping: Jessica Jerome
Snowboarding: Alexander Deibold, Faye Gulini, Jackie Hernandez, Lindsey Jacobellis, Jessika Jenson
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