DRAPER, Utah – Two Utah National Guard Soldiers are going to China on the 2022 U.S. Olympic Nordic Combined Team.
Spc. Jasper Good of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and Spc. Benjamin Loomis of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, earned spots to compete in Beijing in February. The Soldiers are with the Utah National Guard Joint Force Headquarters and assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.
Loomis and Good also competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Both of them enlisted in 2019.
“I am incredibly honored and excited to be named to the 2022 U.S. Olympic Team,” Good said. “Representing Team USA at the Games means even more to me as a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. The support and camaraderie I have gained has helped me reach new levels. It will be an honor to represent the U.S. I am really excited about how much progress our team has made and can’t wait to perform with my team in Beijing!”
Both athletes have been competing in the 2021-2022 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup in Europe. Loomis was nominated to Team USA after narrowly missing an automatic qualification by placing second at a previous Olympic qualification at Lake Placid, New York, Dec. 25.
“I am humbled and very proud to be representing the United States of America as both a Soldier and an athlete,” Loomis said. “Representing this country and the U.S. Army in Beijing is a true honor and something I hope will inspire future generations.”
The Nordic combined competition will be at the Kuyangshu Nordic Center and Biathlon Center on Feb. 9, 15 and 17.