Grab your mittens, the 2022 Winter Olympics are upon us. For this momentous occasion, ChiTribe is here to share a list of Jewish athletes taking part in the games. Inspired by the Jerusalem Post, here is the ChiTribe guide to the Jewish Winter Olympics 2022. Special bonus, there are TWO athletes from Illinois – Emery Lehman and Jason Brown.
Meet The Jewish Olympians from the Chicagoland Area
Speed Skating, United States ??
Chicago native Emery Lehman is a veteran speed skater who competed in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics. He holds two world records for Junior Men’s Speed Skating.
Figure Skating, United States ??
Jason Brown is one of the most prominent Jewish figure skaters of the 21st century. He won a Bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, becoming one of the youngest figure skaters to win an Olympic medal. And he grew up in Highland Park!
Jason Demers, Devon Levi, & Josh Ho-Sang
Ice Hockey, Canada ??
These three Canadian Jewish hockey players will be representing Team Canada in Beijing. Jason Demers has played on four NHL teams from to 2010 to 2021. Devon Levi is a current college player at Northeastern University and is a prospect for the Buffalo Sabres. Josh Ho-Sang had played with the New York Islanders from 2016 to 2019.
Hailey Kops & Evgeni Krasnopolski
Pair Skating, Israel ??
This duo will be representing Israel in Beijing. Hailey Kops was born in New York and has been skating competitively since she was two. Soviet-born Evgeni Krasnopolski has represented Israel in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics.
Snowboarding, United States ??
Representing the United States in Beijing, snowboarder and Colorado native Taylor Gold has previously competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics and won a Bronze medal at the 2017 Winter X Games.
Noa & Barnabas Szollos
Alpine Skiing, Israel ??
Hungarian-born sibling duo Noa and Barnabas Szollos will be representing Israel in Alpine Skiing. Barnabas is 23 and Noa is 18.
Ice Hockey, United States ??
David Warsofsky will be playing for Team USA in Beijing. He played in the NHL from 2013 to 2018 for the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils and Colorado Avalanche.
Paralympic Alpine Skiing, Canada ??
Though Canadian alpine skier Mollie Jepsen was born with several fingers missing on her left hand, that has not stopped her from winning four Paralympic medals in 2018, including a gold!
Speed Skating, Israel ??
Ukrainian-born Vladislav Bykanov will represent Israel in Speed Skating. He previously competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics and has won two gold medals at the 2015 and 2018 European Short Track Speed Skating Championships.
Figure Skating, Israel ??
Also born in Ukraine, Alexei Bychenko will represent Israel in Figure Skating. He competed in the 2014 and 2018 Winter Olympics and won a silver medal at the 2018 European Figure Skating Championships.
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