For eight current and former North Dakota hockey standouts and one alumni curler, the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea were an opportunity to prove their mettle.
And for most of them, it was also an opportunity to win a medal.
The XXII Winter Games concluded this weekend in PyeonChang and all eight current or former UND hockey players as well as curler Joe Polo, who also studied at UND, made their respective countries burst with pride.
Throughout, the University of North Dakota was pretty darn proud, too.
In fact, if UND and its Olympic alumni were their own nation, they would’ve made quite an impression as they marched around the stadium for Sunday’s closing ceremonies in South Korea.
UND boasted no less than 12 alumni – a dynamo dozen, if you will – who competed or served in some sort of official support capacity at the Winter Olympics this year. That number would have dwarfed many of the actual national delegations represented in PyeongChang. UND also had 12 alumni with Olympic connections in the last Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Team UND’s seven total medals earned (3 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze) would have tied Finland in the final medal count, and would have surpassed the number won by Great Britain, Belarus, Slovakia and 70 other countries that sent delegations to this year’s games.
Head to UND Today for more on the school’s Olympic legacy.