Jaelin Kauf poses for a portrait during the Team USA Beijing 2022 Olympic shoot on Sept. 12, 2021 in Irvine, Calif. Photo: USOPC 2021

JACKSON, Wyo. — The 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing are less than a week away with the first day of competition beginning Feb. 2 and the Opening Ceremony scheduled for Feb.4.

According to Team USA, as of Jan. 24, The United States is sending 223 Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

Jaelin Kauf of Alta, Wyoming is the only athlete competing from the Cowboy State. She grew up skiing at Grand Targhee Resort.

twenty-five-year-old Kauf will compete in the women’s moguls. Qualifiers take place on Feb.3 at 3 a.m. MST and finals are Feb. 6 at 4:30 a.m. MST. This is her second Olympic games; she placed 7th in Moguls in Pyeongchang in 2018.

Alpine skier Breezy Johnson announced on Jan. 25 that she has withdrawn from competition due to a recent knee injury. Johnson is from Jackson, Wyoming.

Three competitors hail from Idaho; Hillary Knight, Andrew Blaser and Chase Josey.

Knight, from Sun Valley, is on the women’s ice hockey team, Blaser from Boise will compete in the skeleton and Josey from Hailey will compete in men’s snowboard halfpipe.

Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.