Every two years sports fans get the special treat of watching the greatest athletes from around the world gather together and compete in either the summer or winter Olympics. While Jesse Owens is undoubtedly Ohio State’s most famous Olympian, he is far from the only one as over 200 Buckeyes have represented their home countries in the Olympic games. Just like how many OSU fans enjoy keeping track of how Buckeyes perform in the professional ranks and wish them well in doing so, it is also fun to see how our Buckeyes do in the Olympics and while most of us are cheering for Team USA, we also like to see the athletes from OSU do well. This year Ohio State was represented by 4 Olympians, all of which coincidentally play hockey. Emma Laaksonen Terho and Minttu Tuominen play women’s hockey for Finland, Natalie Spooner plays women’s hockey for Canada, and Ryan Kesler is a member of the US’s men’s hockey team.
Emma Laaksonen Terho was a standout at Ohio State where she helped lead the Buckeyes to the finals in the WCHA tournament her freshman year and became the first women’s hockey player to have her number retired at OSU. Terho graduated from OSU with a degree in finance in 2004 and was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009. Terho is an old hat when it comes to the Olympics as this is her fifth games. She made her Olympic debut in 1998 when at age 16 she was the youngest member of the Finnish delegation to make the trip to Nagano. Terho won bronze medals with Finland in 1998 and again in the 2010 games in Vancouver.