Klobuchar, Romney, and Bennet announce that their resolution ahead of 2022 Winter Games has passed the Senate with unanimous support
23 Minnesotans will represent the United States in this year’s Olympic Games and at least 40 athletes on Team USA have ties to Minnesota
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mitt Romney (R-UT), and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced that their bipartisan resolution honoring Team USA Olympic and Paralympic athletes ahead of the Winter Games has passed the Senate unanimously. The Olympic Games will begin this evening in Beijing. Klobuchar and Bennet serve as co-chairs of the bipartisan Senate Olympic and Paralympic Caucus.
“Minnesota has a great tradition of excelling at winter sports – the long winters give us plenty of time to practice! – so it’s no surprise our state is well represented in this year’s games,” Klobuchar said. “This resolution recognizes our strong bipartisan support for all members of Team USA who have been preparing for this for years and will compete for our country. I look forward to cheering them on.”
“The Olympics represent some of the best qualities of the human spirit. With this resolution, we celebrate the Olympics’ commitment to sportsmanship and excellence, and we recognize our athletes on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Teams who have trained their entire lives to compete on the world stage. When the Games commence this weekend, I look forward to hearing the U.S. National Anthem played in Beijing,” Romney said.
“The Olympics are incredibly important to Colorado,” Bennet said. “Our state not only hosts the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, but also ties with Minnesota to have the second highest number of athletes representing America in Beijing this year. As the games begin, the Senate affirms its support for the American delegation and their commitment to excellence, teamwork, and fair competition. We wish them the best of luck.”
The 23 Minnesotans on the U.S. Olympic Team include alpine skier Paula Moltzan of Prior Lake; biathlete Jake Brown of St. Paul; curlers John Landsteiner of Duluth, Tabitha Peterson of Egan, Tara Peterson of Egan, Chris Plys of Duluth, John Shuster of Chisholm, and Aileen Geving of Duluth; cross-country skier Jessie Diggins of Afton; women’s hockey players Hannah Brandt of Vadnais Heights, Dani Cameranesi of Plymouth, Kelly Pannek of Plymouth, Maddie Rooney of Andover, Lee Stecklein of Roseville, and Grace Zumwinkle of Excelsior; men’s hockey players Aaron Ness of Roseau, Ben Meyers of Delano, Brock Faber of Maple Grove, Drew Helleson of Farmington, Nick Perbix of Elk River, Noah Cates of Stillwater, and Sam Hentges of New Brighton; and speed skater Giorgia Birkeland of White Bear Lake.
Full text of the resolution can be found below and HERE.
Commemorating the success of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams in the past 24 Olympic Winter Games and 12 Paralympic Winter Games and supporting the United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Winter Games.
Whereas for more than 100 years, the Olympic and Paralympic movements have—
(1) educated young people through amateur athletics;
(2) brought together athletes from many countries in friendly competition; and
(3) forged new relationships among athletes bound by friendship, solidarity, and fair play;
Whereas at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, 91 nations will compete in 109 events across 15 disciplines in 7 sports, and the United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams (referred to in this preamble as “Team USA”) will compete in all 7 sports;
Whereas at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, approximately 16 nations will compete in 78 events across 6 disciplines in 2 sports, and Team USA will compete in all 2 sports;
Whereas at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, the Team USA roster includes 224 athletes with the largest ever female contingent for Team USA at an Olympic Winter Games;
Whereas at the 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, the Team USA roster currently includes 10 athletes, and many more athletes are expected to qualify;
Whereas, during the past 24 Olympic Winter Games, Team USA has won 105 gold medals, 112 silver medals, and 88 bronze medals, totaling 305 medals;
Whereas, during the past 12 Paralympic Winter Games, Team USA has won 111 gold medals, 119 silver medals, and 85 bronze medals, totaling 315 medals;
Whereas the people of the United States stand united in respect and admiration for the members of Team USA and the athletic accomplishments, sportsmanship, and dedication to excellence of Team USA;
Whereas the many accomplishments of Team USA would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many parties, including the many sports organizations, administrators, coaches, and family members who provide critical support to the athletes of Team USA;
Whereas the United States takes great pride in the athletes of Team USA exhibiting a commitment to excellence, grace under pressure, and good will toward other competitors;
Whereas the United States maintains a commitment to the safety and security of Team USA;
Whereas 31 States will be represented on Team USA, with the largest contingents coming from California, Minnesota, Colorado, and Utah; and
Whereas Team USA exemplifies rigorous competition, fair play, and the pursuit of dreams: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) applauds the athletes and coaches of the United States Olympic and Paralympic Teams (referred to in this resolution as “Team USA”) and the families who support them; and
(2) supports the athletes of Team USA in competing at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and the Paralympic Winter Games.
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