With not as much as a month to go until the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, it’s an ideal opportunity to become more acquainted with the Team USA competitors. We’ve officially made sense of which occasions to set our DVRs for, and now we’re taking a gander at the competitors who bring expertise, teach, and character to the Games. All things considered, athletic capacity might be what gets you in the race, however heart is the thing that makes you worth observing once you’re there.
Every single Team USA competitor has a story worth telling, yet we’ve picked nine buzzy ladies and men who you’ll unquestionably need to take after along their Olympic journey.At 22, Mikaela Shiffrin has been commended as the best slalom skier on the planet. She has a gold award from Sochi and three slalom World Championships as of now in her trophy case, yet as “the best specialized skier of her age,” we can anticipate that her will go for additional in PyeongChang.Jamie Anderson as of now has one gold decoration added to her repertoire from 2014’s slopestyle occasion in Sochi. In any case, her trip hasn’t generally been simple: As she already let self know, a cracked spleen at age 17 has given her a “more noteworthy thankfulness for my body and needing to take better care.” She’s put in 10 years preparing for this minute. Additionally, here she is holding a goat, since why not?Gus Kenworthy brought home a silver award in Sochi, yet at the time felt troubled by his most profound individual mystery. In 2015, he turned out as gay in a meeting with ESPN
Rather than affecting his profession contrarily as he dreaded, Kenworthy says his certainty and execution on the inclines has soar. So has his help from fans and supporters. After two years, he’s arrival in South Korea, prepared to contend as himself.Breakout star Chloe Kim is contending in her first Olympics at only 17. Kim won three gold awards at the Winter X Games before she turned 16; she was the primary competitor to do as such. She really met the criteria to meet all requirements for the 2014 U.S. Olympic halfpipe group in Sochi yet couldn’t take an interest since she was excessively youthful (only 13 at the time), as per NBC Olympics. She’s viewed as the gold-award most loved for PyeongChang and would set another record on the off chance that she decorations: She would turn into the most youthful American to win an Olympic decoration in snowboarding. Kim, whose guardians emigrated to the U.S. from South Korea, disclosed to People that “it’s some insane luckiness” that her first Olympics will be there. “What’s more, a considerable measure of my relatives over yonder have never truly observed me contend, so I believe it will be quite cool for everyone.”If you know one name on Team USA as of now, it’s most likely Lindsey Vonn. In the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games, Vonn turned into the principal American lady to win gold for downhill skiing. Because of wounds, she needed to pull back from Sochi in January 2014, only a month prior to the amusements started. This year, she’s recuperated, back, and prepared to safeguard her decorations. You’ll be seeing bunches of Vonn, a Team USA top choice, this season.One of the world’s best figure skaters at age 18, Nathan Chen is required to break records (or in any event, bring home a decoration) in PyeongChang. As of now in 2018, Chen has turned into the primary male figure skater to ever arrive five fourfold hops amid an execution. You know the well known triple axel? This is one more turn than that. Look out for Chen’s hypnotizing twirls.When California local Elana Meyers Taylor began sledding in 2007, she didn’t claim a winter coat. In 2010, she brought home a bronze award as brakeman (back of the sled) with colleague Erin Pac, and in 2014 won silver as pilot (in the front of the sled) with partner Lauryn Williams. After Sochi, she composed on her blog about how crushed she was about not putting first. “So what was the deal? This is an inquiry I will approach more than once for the following four years,” she composed. She at that point says that she will utilize her affections for inspiration: “As I go ahead with my profession, regardless of whether I win a gold decoration I’m certain that I won’t overlook the torment I feel at the present time, however in the event that I am sufficiently blessed to win a gold award, I know it will be a direct result of this minute.” Meyers Taylor has additionally left a mark on the world: She was the primary dark pilot to win an Olympic award, the main lady to win awards as both pilot and brakeman, and the principal U.S. lady to win two sled Olympic decorations. Here’s to making that three.Maddie Bowman was the most loved going into Sochi, her first Olympic amusements—and she didn’t frustrate. Bowman brought home the gold for skiing halfpipe at only 20 years of age. She’s as yet a top choice, however NBC Olympics notes she has some stiffer rivalry this year. In the wake of tearing her ACL in 2015, she returned full speed the following season to win at X Games. Stay tuned as she tries to protect her title in PyeongChang.Brother and sister Alex and Maia Shibutani, otherwise called Shib Sibs, both began contending at a youthful age as singles skaters. They authoritatively collaborated in 2004 to contend as an ice moving twosome. It has ended up being an awesome move: They’ve won various awards at national titles—including putting initial two times—and brought home silver in the 2016 big showdowns and bronze in 2017. They completed ninth at their first Olympic appearance in Sochi. Tune in for the ice moving, and remain for the jams—the Shib Sibs have performed to prevalent music like Coldplay and a Michael Jackson variety.