2018 Winter Olympics

It's time! I'm not as in love with the Winter Olympics as I am the Summer games, but I'm still so excited! Here's who I'm paying close attention to this year. 

Nathan Chen, figure skater. One of the world's best skaters is an 18-year-old from Salt Lake City and is competing in the Olympics for the first time! He's the first and only skater to land five different quadruple jumps (toe loop, Salchow, loop, flip, and lutz) in one performance. FIVE QUADRUPLE JUMPS. That's bonkers.

Lindsey Vonn, skier. Vonn became the first American woman to win gold for downhill skiing in Vancouver. She couldn't compete in the Sochi games because of an injury. Though she broke her humerus in 2016, she's ready for PyeongChang. She won her 81st World Cup race on Sunday and is just five shy of the all-time best record set by Ingemar Stenmark. 

Brianna Decker, hockey player. The Wisconsin native is a 2014 silver medalist with the women's hockey team. She was named MVP in the National Women's Hockey League in 2016 and 2017. The women's team hasn't won a gold since 1998. (It's been Team Canada since then.) It's time for gold!

Jamie Anderson, snowboarder. The 27-year-old from South Lake Tahoe made history in Sochi when she brought home the gold in the Olympic debut of women's snowboard slopestyle. She's eyeing that gold a second time around.

Elana Meyers Taylor, bobsledder. This collegiate softball player started bobsledding in 2007 after watching Vonetta Flowers win the gold in 2002. She won the bronze as a brakeman in 2010 and the silver as the pilot in 2014, and made history in the process as the the first black pilot to win a medal, the first woman to win medals as both pilot and brakeman, and the first American woman to win two bobsled medals. She is hungry!

Gus Kenworthy, skier. The British-born 26-year-old skier from Telluride is one of two openly gay Team USA members. He won a silver in freestyle skiing in 2014, but didn't come out until 2015 in an ESPN interview. He says he has received so much support from fans and sponsors and has much more confidence this time. Also, swoon.

Mirai Nagasu, figure skater. The 24-year-old skater from Arcadia, California is making a comeback after missing a spot on the Sochi team. She's only the second American woman to land a triple axel in an international competition. (Tonya Harding was the first in 1991.) 

Mikaela Shiffrin, skier. At 22 years old, this Eagle-Vail native has been dubbed the best slalom skier in the world. She's also been called the best technical skier of her generation. She earned a gold in Sochi and could get three more medals this year.

Shaun White, snowboarder. Whether you like him or not, White is probably the most famous snowboarder in America. He got an injury while training last year that required 62 stitches in his face! He won the gold in half-pipe in 2006 and 2010, but came in fourth in 2014. Maybe he can redeem himself.

Becca and Matt Hamilton, curlers. These siblings from Madison will not only compete on the men's and women's teams, but as a team in the mixed doubles competition. Go curlers, go!

Maame Biney, speed skater. The 18-year-old short track skater came to America from Ghana when she was five years old. She's the first African American woman to represent team USA in speed skating and is hoping to bring home a medal in the 500m. 

Nick Goepper, skier. The 23-year-old is a five time X Games medalist and took home the bronze in the first ever slopestyle competition in Sochi. He was the first skier to qualify for the team this year.

Chloe Kim, snowboarder. She won three golds at the X Games before she turned 16! She also qualified for the halfpipe team in Sochi, but couldn't compete because she was only 13. At 17, she's a favorite to bring home the gold. If she does so she'd break a record for the youngest American to medal in snowboarding. She's astonishing!

Alex and Maia Shibutani, ice dancers. This 23 and 26-year-old brother-sister duo (know as the Shib Sibs) started as single skaters, but joined forces in 2004. They have three medals from Worlds, but finished ninth in Sochi.

Are you excited for the games? Who are you rooting for?


Audrey Louise said...

Olympians are so damn attractive- girls and guys. Especially that Gus fellow! Damnnn. I saw Mirai Nagasu landed a triple axel in the Olympics. They said she's one of three women to do it ever at the Olympics.
I'm a big fan of White's hair cut. Lol

Midnight Cowgirl said...

I love watching figure skating!