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Sisters from Minnesota Catholic Schools Play on Separate Olympic Teams

Hannah Brandt poses with her adopted sister Marissa, left, on Christmas day in 2017 at the family home in Saint Paul, Minn. The Catholic siblings participated in the 2018 Winter Olympics on separate ice hockey teams. Hannah Brandt played for the U.S. and Marissa Brandt for the combined Koreas. (CNS photo/Adam Bettcher, Reuters)

By Matthew Davis
Catholic News Service

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) – Few schools can claim an Olympic athlete among their alumni base. Even fewer schools have more than one, especially from the same family. But Hill-Murray High School in Maplewood and Saint Odilia School in Shoreview – both Catholic schools – are proud to make this claim. That’s because Hannah and Marissa Brandt, graduates of both schools, play on women’s Olympic ice hockey teams competing in this year’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Hannah Brandt, a recent standout with the University of Minnesota women’s hockey team, is a forward for the U.S. Olympic team, which defeated Finland 3-1 on February 11 and will play Olympic Athletes from Russia February 13. Marissa Brandt, who was adopted as a baby from South Korea, used her birth name, Park-Yoon Jung, for the Olympics and plays defense for the combined Koreas, which lost 8-0 to Switzerland February 10. Hill-Murray and Saint Odilia recognized the sisters’ achievements in the weeks leading up to the games. The Saint Odilia school office has a display of the Brandts’ successes.