Olympic Central Follow the Big Red in PyeongChang

When the 2018 Olympic Winter Games get underway in PyeongChang, South Korea on Feb. 9, fans of the Big Red will have plenty to cheer about with eight Cornell alumni – Jamie Greubel Poser ’06, Ben Scrivens ’10, Josh Kirkpatrick '10Laura Fortino, Brianne Jenner ’15, Rebecca Johnston ’12, Lauriane Rougeau ’13, and Jillian Saulnier ’15 – representing two countries in three different sports.

The eight total Olympians is the most ever for the Big Red at the Winter Games and the most in any Olympic games in more than a century - tied with the eight representatives at the 1912 Olympic Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden.

The majority of Cornell’s contingent will skate for Team Canada, with Johnston, Fortino, Rougeau, and Jenner looking to defend their gold medals, along with the addition of Olympic rookie Saulnier. On the men’s side, Scrivens will also don the Maple Leaf and make his Olympic debut for the reigning gold medal winners.

Johnston, who already has two gold medals to her credit (2010, 2014), is the only Big Red alumnus to earn two medals in the Winter Olympics and will attempt to match Pablo Morales Jr., J.D., 1994, a swimmer who took three gold medals in 1984 and 1992, and Kevin Freeman ’63, an equestrian who took three silver medals in 1964, 1968 and 1972, as the most-decorated Olympians in Cornell history.

Nipping at Johnston’s heels are teammates Fortino, Rougeau, and Jenner, as well as Greubel Poser, who won the bronze medal in bobsled for Team USA in Sochi. Greubel Poser is just the second Big Red graduate to earn a medal in bobsled, joining Dick Parke, Class of 1916, who won gold in the men’s four-man bobsled at the 1928 Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Looking to join Greubel Poser and Parke in that rare company will by Kirkpatrick, who makes his Olympic debut for Canada in the four-man bobsled.

With five total medals to its credit, the Big Red contingent that competed in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi – Johnston, Fortino, Rougeau, Jenner and Greubel Poser – was the most decorated in Cornell history, but the 2018 group has a great chance to surpass that total. Both Canadian hockey teams are expected to medal, and Greubel Poser is the defending World Championship bronze medalist and is currently ranked third in the world.

Schedule & Results

Women's Ice Hockey

Game 1: Team Canada 5, OAR 0

Johnston tallied two goals and an assist to lead the Canadian club vs. OAR, while fellow Big Red alumnae Jenner and Saulnier each added an assist in the team’s Olympic opener. Fortino paced all Canadian skaters with 22:46 of ice time.

Game 2: Team Canada 4, Finland 1

Saulnier became the first Nova Scotian to score a goal in Olympic women’s hockey when she neatly buried a breakaway late in the second period. Her goal, which capped a 4-1 victory for Team Canada over Finland, was assisted on by Johnson, while Fortino assisted on Canada’s third goal of the game.

Game 3: Canada 2, USA 1

Team Canada earned a 2-1 win over the United States in the preliminary-round finale for both teams on Thursday, Feb. 17. With the win, Canada finishes perfect in the preliminary round and clinches first place in Group A.

Game 4: Canada 5, OAR 0

Team Canada extended its Olympic winning streak to 23 games when it defeated OAR, 5-0, on Monday morning. Johnston capped the scoring with a goal at the 14:08 mark of the third period when she found her own rebound off the crossbar and beat goalie Nadezhda Aleksandrova. Fortino also chipped in with an assist on Canada’s third goal.

Gold Medal Game: USA 3, Canad 2 (SO)

Haley Irwin and Marie-Philip Poulin scored second-period goals to give Canada's Women's Olympic Team the lead, but the Canadians fell agonizingly short in a 3-2 shootout loss to the United States in the gold medal game on Feb. 22 at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. The loss ends Canada's record-setting Olympic win streak at 24 games, but it took an instant classic to do it.

Following the game, Fortino earned a place on the media all-star team.

Men's Ice Hockey

Game 1: Team Canada 5, Switzerland 1

Scrivens earned the victory by making 28 saves against the Swiss, carrying a shutout bid into the middle portion of the third period. His biggest saves came midway through the first period on Simon Moser, helping Canada build a two-goal lead after 20 minutes before blowing the game open in the second.

Game 2: Czech Republic 3, Team Canada 2 (SO)

Canada's Men's Olympic Team dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Czech Republic on Saturday at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Scrivens finished with 18 saves.

Game 3: Team Canada 4, South Korea 0

Scrivens did not play as Kevin Poulin made 19 save in his Olympic debut, helping Canada's Men's Olympic Team to a 4-0 win over South Korea on Sunday in the preliminary-round finale for both at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

Quarterfinal: Team Canada 1, Finland 0

Maxim Noreau scored the lone goal 55 seconds into the third period, and Canada's Men's Olympic Team booked a spot in the semifinals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games with a 1-0 quarter-final win over Finland on Feb. 21. Ben Scrivens stopped all six shots he faced before leaving with an injury early in the second period, and Kevin Poulin was perfect on 15 chances the rest of the way. Scrivens left the game with an upper-body injury after a collision in the crease just past the four-minute mark of the middle frame.

Semifinal: Germany 4, Team Canada 3

Canada's Men's Olympic Team finished a goal short in a 4-3 semifinal loss to Germany on Feb. 23 at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Scrivens did not play after suffering an injury in Canada's quarterfinal game.

Bronze Medal Game: Team Canada 6, Czech Republic 4

Scrivens and the Canadian men’s ice hockey team claimed the bronze medal with a 6-4 win over the Czech Republic. Scrivens manned the net for 149:17 during the XXIII Winter Olympic Games, compiling 42 saves and a 1-1 record for the Canadian side. He did not appear in the semifinals or bronze medal game due to a shoulder and collarbone injury suffered in the quarterfinals vs. Finland.

Scrivens bronze was the Ivy League’s 475th all-time Olympic medal.


Women's Bobsled Heat 1: Fourth Place - 1:41.58

Jamie Greubel Poser and teammate Aja Evans sit in fourth place, only 0.02 seconds out of medal position following the first two runs of the 2018 Olympic bobsled competition in PyeongChang.

Greubel Poser and Evans are teaming together in Olympic competition once again after winning the bronze medal in Sochi in 2014. The Americans were just 0.07 seconds off the pace set by their teammates Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs in run one after a start of 5.32 and finish time of 50.59 seconds, third best of the heat. Germans Stephanie Schneider and Annika Drazek trailed Greubel Poser and Gibbs by 0.11 seconds in the first heat, but threw down the third fastest run of the second heat to squeak by the Americans by 0.02 seconds. Schneider and Drazek are currently in third with a total time of 1:41.56, followed by Greubel Poser and Evans in fourth with a 1:41.58.

“We definitely want to be challenging for the medal positions, and as we’ve seen in all the other competitions in general, the order of who’s in the top change a bit,” Greubel Poser said. “We’re not discouraged by this position, we’re really fired up, and we’re really excited to get back on the ice tomorrow and fight for the medals.”

Women's Bobsled Heat 2: Fifth Place - 3:23.02

Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans finished fifth overall in the women's bobsled after a hard-fought four heats that came down to hundredths of a second.

The pair entered the day in fourth place and in the third heat of the competition posted the second fastest start time of 5.31 for a downtime of 50.59 to temporarily overtake bronze medal position.

In the fourth and final heat Greubel Poser and Evans busted out a start time of 5.32 seconds, the second fastest start, for a downtime of 50.85 seconds for an aggregate time of 3:23.02. Germany’s Stephanie Schneider and Annika Drazek, who were fifth going into the final, managed to move into fourth with a four-run combined time of 3:22.97, bumping 2014 Olympic silver medalists Greubel Poser and Evans into fifth.

“It’s a very technical track, it’s been a little bit different each of the times we’ve been here,” Greubel Poser said. “I did my best just to dial it in. I think that’s what made it such an exciting race. It was really fun to compete on. I really, really enjoyed sliding on this track. Unfortunately, that’s part of the sport, it’s a tough sport, it’s a test of skill and it’s very challenging to do the same thing four times and I did the best I could do. I made a few mistakes, but I gave absolutely everything I had today, and I couldn’t have driven better.”

Men's Bobsled

Men's Bobsled Runs 1 & 2: 13th Place - 1:38.63

Kirkpatrick and teammates Nick Poloniato, Cameron Stones, and Ben Coakwell finished in 49.40 (17th overall) in Heat 1, but made a huge jump in Heat 2, crossing the line in 49.23 (6th overall). The quad was the No. 2 Canadian sled (13th overall) entering Heats 3 and 4 with a cumulative time of 1:38.63.

Men's Bobsled: 12th Place - 3:17.81

Kirkpatrick finished 12th in the four-man bobsled with a cumulative time of 3:17.81 after runs of 49.51 (14th overall) in Heat 3 and 49.67 (11th overall) in Heat 4.

In The News

Big Red Well Wishes ...

Meet the Big Red Olympians

Jamie Greubel Poser ’06

"I chose Cornell because it was an amazing school. When I toured, I felt like I fit in. The track coach at Cornell, Rich Bowman, suggested that I try the heptathlon, which at the time, I had no idea what it was. He luckily saw my potential in something I didn't even know existed and suggested it to me. It wound up being the absolute perfect fit, kind of like how bobsled was the perfect fit for me after college. I had no idea that I could train for it or go to the Olympics until someone suggested it to me."

Did You Know ...

Ben Scrivens ’10

Did You Know ...

  • Ben set an NHL record with a 59-save shutout vs. the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 29, 2014.
  • Ben is married to Jenny (Niesluchowski) Scrivens ’10, a former goalie for the Big Red women’s ice hockey team, and they have a dog named Ezra.
  • Ben's younger sister, Bronwyn, was a member of the Big Red’s equestrian team and graduated from Cornell in 2012.
  • Ben closed out his career as Cornell's career leader in saves (2,873) and still holds the Cornell records for career shutouts (19), and the longest shutout streak in Cornell history with a mark of 206:44.
  • Ben graduated from the Cornell School of Hotel Administration.

Josh Kirkpatrick '10

Did You Know ...

  • Josh was a five-time Ivy League Heptagonal champion, earning individual titles in the indoor pole vault (2008), heptathlon (2010), outdoor long jump (2010) and decathlon (2010) while also leading off his 4x100 relay team to victory at the 2010 Outdoor Heps.
  • Josh was named the Most Outstanding Performer at the 2010 Ivy League Outdoor championships.
  • Josh worked with the Calgary Flames for three years before getting into bobsleigh.
  • Josh was part of history in his world championship debut in 2015 as he pushed for Kaillie Humphries, who became the first ever female pilot of a four-man sled at the worlds.
  • Josh majored in applied economics and management in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Laura Fortino '13

Did You Know ...

  • Laura starting playing hockey at age three after her two older brothers got her involved.
  • Laura was a three-time first-team All-American at Cornell and as a freshman in 2009-10 she led all NCAA defensemen in scoring.
  • Laura was selected first overall by Brampton in the 2014 CWHL Draft.
  • Laura plays the piano.
  • Laura was an interdisciplinary study major in the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Brianne Jenner ’15

Did You Know ...

  • Brianne has been named an Assistant Captain for Team Canada at the games in PyeongChang.
  • Brianne still holds the Cornell record for career points (229), career assists (136) and career game winning goals (20).
  • Brianne is engaged to Hayleigh Cudmore ’14, who played for the Big Red women’s ice hockey team and ranks in the top 10 all-time in career assists (10th – 61) and career games played (2nd – 136).
  • Brianne starting playing hockey at the age of three on an outdoor pond and played in boys’ hockey until she was 14 years old.
  • Brianne is an advocate for mental health initiatives.
  • Brianne earned a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Calgary this past November.
  • Brianne majored in government in Cornell’s College of Arts and Sciences.

Rebecca Johnston ’12

Did You Know ...

  • Rebecca is only the second Cornell alumni to win multiple Olympic gold medals, joining swimmer Pedro Pablo Morales, Jr., who won three gold medals during the 1984 and 1992 Summer Olympics.
  • A three-time All-American at Cornell, Rebecca still holds the program record for game-winning goals in a single season (7, 2011-12) along with Brianne Jenner.
  • Rebecca's older sister, Sarah, played hockey for Cornell from 2004-2008, and her brother Jacob played one season with the Cornell men's hockey team in 2007-08.
  • Rebecca was a nationally ranked junior sprinter in Canada and was a five-time medalist in track and field at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association championships.
  • Rebecca was a communications major in the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Lauriane Rougeau ’13

Did You Know ...

  • Laurine was named the ECAC Hockey Best Defensive Defenseman three times.
  • Lauriane's career plus/minus rating of +150 is still the best in Cornell history, while her 89 assists is the 10th most in school history.
  • Laurine starting playing hockey at age five after previously being involved in figure skating.
  • Lauriane majored in nutritional sciences in Cornell's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Lauriane earned a master’s of human kinetics in sport management from the University of Ottawa in 2016.

Jillian Saulnier ’15

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