Michael Phelps Among Finalists For U.S. Olympic & Paralympic HOF Class of 2022

by SwimSwam 19

May 02nd, 2022 National, News

Courtesy: United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee today announced the finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022, consisting of 15 Olympians, nine Paralympians, three Olympic teams, two Paralympic teams, six legends, three coaches and three special contributors. Team USA fans can cast their vote HERE for the Olympian, Paralympian, Olympic team and Paralympic team categories from today through May 16 to help determine the Class of 2022, which will mark the first class inducted into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame since 2019.

“On behalf of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, it is an honor to unveil the finalists for induction into the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, Class of 2022,” said USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland. “Each finalist has had a profound impact on Team USA, and on the greater Olympic and Paralympic movements. We are proud to honor their work in living out the Olympic and Paralympic ideals, and we look forward to celebrating the Class of 2022.”

The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame finalists for 2022 include:


Kristin Armstrong, Cycling; Natalie Coughlin, Swimming; Shani Davis, Speedskating; Cammi Granato, Hockey; Mia Hamm, Soccer; Kayla Harrison, Judo; Michelle Kwan, Figure Skating; Eleanor ‘Elle’ Logan, Rowing; Julia Mancuso, Alpine Skiing; Bode Miller, Alpine Skiing; Michael Phelps, Swimming; John Smith, Wrestling; Dawn Staley, Basketball; Brenda Villa, Water Polo; Lindsey Vonn, Alpine Skiing

Steve Cash, Sled Hockey; Muffy Davis, Para Alpine Skiing, Para-cycling; Susan Hagel, Wheelchair Basketball, Para Archery, Para Track and Field; Trischa Zorn-Hudson, Para Swimming; David Kiley, Wheelchair Basketball, Para Track and Field, Para Alpine Skiing; Marla Runyan, Para Track and Field, Olympic Track and Field; Marlon Shirley, Para Track and Field; Andy Soule, Para Nordic Skiing; Cortney (Jordan) Truitt, Para Swimming

Olympic Team
1976 Women’s Swimming 4×100 Freestyle Relay Team; 1996 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team; 2010 Four-Man Bobsled Team

Paralympic Team
2002 U.S. Sled Hockey Team; 2008 U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team

Billy Fiske, Bobsled; Gretchen Fraser, Alpine Skiing; Roger Kingdom, Track and Field; Darrell Pace, Archery; Brad Parks, Wheelchair Tennis; Norbert ‘Norb’ Schemansky, Weightlifting

Bob Beattie, Alpine Skiing; James ‘Doc’ Counsilman, Swimming; Pat Summit, Basketball

Special Contributor
Walter Bush; Billie Jean King; David Wallechinsky

The finalists will be narrowed down to five Olympians, three Paralympians, one Olympic team and one Paralympic team for induction into the class of 2022. In addition to the public vote, U.S. Olympians and Paralympians and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic family will also vote on the categories of legend, coach and special contributor. The Olympic and Paralympic family consists of the Athletes’ Advisory Council, National Governing Bodies, High Performance Management Organizations, USOPC board of directors, Paralympic Advisory Council members, and select members of the media.

“The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame is an important guardian of the rich history of Team USA,” said USOPC Board Chair Susanne Lyons. “My sincere gratitude goes to all the finalists for representing the United States with amazing skill and pride, for working in support of the Olympic and Paralympic values, and using sport to drive positive change in their communities and around the world.”

Starting in 2022, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame will include the separation of one Olympic team and one Paralympic team.

The Class of 2022 will be announced on Wednesday, June 1, and inducted on Friday, June 24, during a ceremony at the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Red carpet arrivals, interviews and the induction awards dinner at the Museum, the permanent home for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame, will be open to the media; credential information will be available in June.

“Congratulations to all the athletes and teams whose legacies and impact we celebrate today as finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame,” said Caryn Davies, U.S. Olympians & Paralympians Association president. “These finalists represent the larger body of Team USA athletes, and we thank them for their commitment to sport and inspiring the next generation of athletes.”

Visit TeamUSA.org/HallOfFame to explore the history and achievements of all current hall of fame members.

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Margaret Steele
7 months ago

So proud of Micheals, all he done well in The Olympics

1 year ago

Doc C more deserving than anyone on here

Natalie body of work> phelps

College career + DWTS and raced ISL

Reply to  Meathead
1 year ago

I agree on the Doc comment, but considering this is the Olympic HOF and not the NCAA, I don’t think you can put Coughlin ahead of Phelps

1 year ago

Michael who?

1 year ago

Hunter Armstrong should go in before all of these people

1 year ago

I feel like Brenda Villa deserves some love here on swim swam. Probably one of the greatest offensive players on the US women’s WP team for YEARS. All that team did was wreak havoc on opposing sides for every olympic cycle since 2000

1 year ago

Definitely shouldn’t make it. Lezak saved his legacy, he would be a nobody without that anchor leg.

Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

I guess his other 22 golds mean nothing then

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Also #CavicTouchedFirst. It must be true because a guy in a mustache told me.

Outside Smoke
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

I wonder how his career would’ve gone had he not been 8-for-8 in Beijing. You have to think London would’ve been a different story and possibly his peak rather than smoke and mirrors? But even that wouldn’t have saved him from Agnel’s anchor in the 4 x 100m free, or the hypothetical individual 200m free for that matter.

Marlene Beyer
Reply to  Swimmer
1 year ago

Love to see all the positive comments on here. What’s wrong with the soreheads ? Be glad you are alive to see some of the very best athletes in the world during your lifetime.

Samuel Huntington
1 year ago

Wow, narrowing the Olympians list down to five is really hard, maybe Hamm, Phelps, Coughlin, Miller, and Vonn? I’m not sure!

Steve Nolan
1 year ago

I think it’s more likely they rename the whole HoF after him than he doesn’t get in.