Thirteen Smith students and alumni set to compete at the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games

Posted on February 4, 2022

Team Canada includes thirteen Smith students and alumni.
Team Canada includes thirteen Smith students and alumni.

Kingston, Ont. – Today marks the Opening Ceremonies of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. Thirteen Smith School of Business students and alumni are set to compete on the international stage representing Team Canada.

“The Olympics are an opportunity for us to come together to support our Team Canada athletes who have dedicated their lives to compete on this international stage,” said Wanda Costen, Dean, Smith School of Business. “We are very proud of all the Smith athletes representing Canada at Beijing 2022 and wish them the best.”

Meet the athletes:

While five of these athletes will be making their Olympic debut for Team Canada, eight are Olympic veterans.

Curlers John Morris, Brad Gushue and Lisa Weagle, all have Olympic experience. Morris previously won two gold medals, one at PyeongChang 2018 in the inaugural Olympic mixed doubles curling tournament and one at Vancouver 2010 in men’s curling. Gushue was part of Canada’s first Olympic gold medal winning team in men’s curling 16 years ago at Turin 2006. Weagle made her Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018.

Beijing 2022 will be the third Olympics for long-track speed skater Gilmore Junio who competed at Sochi 2014 and at PyeongChang 2018 in the 500m. Skeleton athlete Mirela Rahneva finished 12th at PyeongChang 2018. Hockey players Laura Stacey and Blayre Turnbull also made their Olympic debuts at PyeongChang 2018 as members of the silver medal winning women’s ice hockey team. Cody Sorensen is a second-generation Olympian who made his Olympic debut at Sochi 2014.

Since 2016, Smith School of Business has been the exclusive business education partner of the Canadian Olympic Committee and is a founding partner of Game Plan, Canada’s total athlete wellness program, helping athletes plan for success beyond sport. In partnership with Game Plan, Smith provides scholarships to current and former Canadian National Team, Olympic and Paralympic athletes across its Certificate in Business and professional graduate programs.

For more on Beijing 2022, visit or download the Team Canada app to discover athlete stories, Olympic rosters, sports and schedules.