Two Kamiak High School graduates will be participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics which kicks off this week in Beijing. 2012 Kamiak grad Jean-Luc Baker will compete with his partner Kaitlan Hawayek in the Ice Dancing Competition; while 2007 grad Sean Beighton will be coaching two Curling teams.
Cold weather states get their chance to shine in the Winter Games, with New York, Minnesota, and Massachusetts taking home the most gold medals by state-born athletes. Washington ranks 9th in the United States for the number of Winter Olympians born in their state, with fifty state-born athletes.
When it comes to medal count, Washington-born athletes rank 8th for total medals earned (21) and 8th for total gold (6) in the United States.
The most successful USA Winter Olympics athlete of all time is Federal Way’s Apolo Anton Ohno; he garnered 8 medals (1 gold) in short-track speed skating in three winter games. Most famous of all Washington native Olympians are Alpine Skiers Phil & Steve Mahre of Yakima.
If the games remain on schedule over the next two weeks; Jean-Luc Baker and Kaitlan Hawayek will compete in Ice Dancing on February 12 and 14. The Olympic Curling competition has already begun; two days prior to the Opening Ceremonies, which will air this Friday night. (All of the sports can be viewed live on NBC and the NBC Peacock streaming service).