The Pac-12 Conference will have 16 delegates competing for medals over the course of the Olympic Winter Games set to officially begin with the Opening Ceremony on Friday in Sochi, Russia.
As a predominately fair-weather conference, the Pac-12 doesn’t have quite the impact on the winter games as they do for the summer games. In the 2012 Summer Olympics, the conference had more than 200 athletes vying for gold. In fact, athletes with Pac-12 ties won 19 gold medals in London, which would have ranked fifth among all countries if the conference was a nation.
As for the Winter Olympics, Utah boasts the biggest contingent among league members with 10 delegates in Sochi, including former All-American Torin Koos, who was a skier and distance runner while at Utah. Joining Koos is former Ute, Scott Veenis, who is with Team USA as an alpine skiing assistant coach. Veenis was also an All-American and was an individual NCAA Champion in the giant slalom in 2006.
The Colorado Buffaloes are next on the list with three delegates heading to the games representing Paraguay, Zimbabwe and Armenia. The Colorado contingent is headlined by Arman Serebrakian, an Armenian alpine skier who helped lead the Buffaloes to 2nd place finishes at the NCAA Skiing Championships during both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.
Oregon and USC will also have representation in Sochi. Laurenne Ross is a current student in Eugene and will compete in alpine skiing for Team USA, and Jung-Hwa Seo will represent South Korea in freestyle skiing.