Ivy League Olympic Update

Though the Olympic Games may be only a few days old, a number of Ivy League athletes — including one Yale competitor — have already seen action in Sochi.

On Saturday, Yale forward Phoebe Staenz ’17 took the ice for the Swiss Olympic Team in the nation’s first women’s ice hockey game of the Olympics. Unfortunately for the Swiss, the team ran into a buzz saw in the Canadian Olympic Team, which gave the Swiss a 5–0 drubbing. Still, Staenz stood out among her countrywomen, putting a team-high four shots on goal in the defeat. Facing off against Staenz for the Canadian Olympic Team was recent Cornell graduate Rebecca Johnston, who recorded three points on a goal and two assists.

The most impressive performance by an Ivy athlete early in these games came from current Dartmouth junior Hannah Kearney. The 27-year-old Kearney took the bronze medal for the United States in the women’s moguls, finishing behind Canadian twins Justine and Chloé Dufour-Lapointe. Kearney won the gold medal in 2010 at the Olympics in Vancouver, as well as gold at the 2013 World Championships in Voss, Norway.

The Big Green had three more athletes in competition on Sunday, all in the women’s 7.5-kilometer sprint biathlon. Alumnae Susan Dunklee, Sara Studebaker and Hannah Dreissigacker placed 14th, 44th and 65th, respectively.

The closing ceremony for the Sochi Olympics will take place Feb. 23.

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