Brandon Maxwell and Mirela RahnevaA pair of former Gryphon varsity athletes will make their Olympic debuts in Pyeongchang.

Mirela Rahneva spent four seasons playing women’s rugby at the University of Guelph (2007 to 2010) and has now earned a spot on Team Canada’s women’s skeleton team for the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. Rahneva, a tourism management grad, was a three-time OUA champion as a women’s rugby player with the Gryphons.

Former men’s hockey goalie Brandon Maxwell is also set to compete for Olympic gold in 2018. Maxwell, from Winter Park, Florida, spent one season with the Gryphons men’s hockey team (2012-13). Maxwell earned a spot on Team USA’s men’s ice hockey team.

The 2018 Winter Olympics have officially begun, with the opening ceremonies set to take place Feb. 9. Learn more about Rahneva’s and Maxwell’s journey from U of G to Pyeongchang.