St. John’s Prep Alumni Represented USA in 2018 Winter Olympics

Former track standout Steve Langton '01 may have arrived on and departed from the St. John’s campus before schoolmate and ice hockey forward John McCarthy, but this month in PyeongChang, South Korea, it’ll be youth leading the way with experience to follow. McCarthy '04 will make his Olympic debut in 10 short days, when the U.S. faces off against Slovenia, while Steve Langton will have to wait until the penultimate morning of the Games to compete in the four-man bobsled for a third time on one of the world’s biggest athletic stages. The pair is plenty pumped about suiting up for Team USA.

 

“I’m super excited,” said McCarthy, 31, now in his ninth season with the NHL’s San Jose Sharks organization. “It’s something you dream about it as a kid. To get the opportunity is pretty special.”

 

In spite of having raced for Team USA at both the Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014) Olympic Games, Langton departed for the Korean Peninsula late last week as giddy as during his first summit of sports’ Mount Olympus.

 

“I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to represent the United States, and having the honor to do so three times is both rare and special,” said Langton, 34, who is one of nine push athletes selected to power three Team USA sleds in the four-man bobsled event. “I've appreciated the journey. The timing feels right for this to be my last Olympics. I am extremely excited for the next four weeks, but equally as excited for what comes next.”

 

Together, Langton and McCarthy bring the total number of Olympians to graduate from St. John’s to five. This elite corps of athletes includes Ray Carey IV ’91 (swimming), Robbie Doyle '67 (sailing) and Jimmy Pedro ’88 (judo). William D. Hayes, a track athlete who competed in the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, attended the Prep for three years, but did not graduate from St. John’s.

 

 

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