Utah is the nation’s the fifth biggest contributor of athletes to the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to the U.S. Census Bureau
A total of 16 Olympians who call Utah home have been scheduled to contend for gold in the Pyeongchang Olympics: the youngest 18 years old, and the oldest 36 years old.
This year, Team USA sent a delegation of 244 athletes – the largest in Olympic Winter Games history – comprised of Olympians from 31 states.
Colorado produced the most Olympians, 31, followed by California (22), Minnesota (20), and New York (19), according to the census bureau.
An analysis reveals that most Olympians came from less populous states. About 7 in 10 athletes come from states with fewer than 10 million residents.
Utah ranked fourth in terms of winter Olympians per million population. Vermont and Alaska ranked No.1 and No.2 per million population.
Among the top winter Olympian producers, New York and California both boasted an abundance of sports facilities. As of 2015, California was home to 3,788 sports and fitness establishments, the largest number in the nation. New York ranked second with 2,362 such facilities, according to the census bureau.
Colorado, No.1 winter Olympian producer, might not have a significant number of sports centers, but it owned the nation's most sports skiing facilities: 40 as of 2015.
Utah, on the other hand, did not stand out in either the number of skiing facilities or sports centers. Data shows the Beehive State had 13 skiing facilities and 253 sports facilities.
Despite the low numbers of the sports facilities, Utah still produced 16 homegrown Olympians this year. Half of them come from Park City, which beat out the rest of cities across the nation as the biggest contributing city of winter Olympians, according to TeamUSA.org.
Unfortunately, skier Steven Nyman, 36, the oldest Utah Olympian, announced he had to miss his fourth Olympics this year due to a torn ACL just days before the games, the Associated Press reported.
Meanwhile, two of the seven U.S. Army athletes competing this year are from Utah: bobsledder Chris Fogt and luge athlete Taylor Morris.
The two soldiers and their fellow Utah athletes are contending in eight sports events: alpine skiing, bobsled, figure skating, freestyle skiing, luge, ski jumping, snowboarding and long track speed skating.
Meet Utah's 2018 Olympians
Visual editor Sarah Welliver contributed to this story.
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