The Faces of the Video games: 30 U.S. Olympians to look at in Beijing


The 2022 Beijing Olympics kicked off Friday morning with the opening ceremonies — and regardless of the questions and concerns surrounding the host country, the athletes taking part are a number of the most compelling Olympians to ever hit the ice and snow. With each legends and up-and-comers set to take heart stage, here is who you will need to watch over the following two weeks:

Nathan Chen, determine skating

The Quad King is back to complete what he began 4 years in the past in Pyeongchang, the place he completed fifth after a calamitous brief program. He bought off to a flying begin within the workforce occasion on Friday, scoring a private greatest within the brief program.

One factor to know: Chen, 22, went undefeated for 3 years after the 2018 Video games and has crushed rival — and reigning two-time Olympic champion — Yuzuru Hanyu in each head-to-head assembly since.

One factor to look at: After ending third at Skate America in October — his first loss since Pyeongchang — Chen went again to the applications he utilized in 2019-20. His free skate, set to an Elton John medley, is a crowd favourite.

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Mariah Bell, determine skating

Ninth time’s the attraction for Mariah Bell. The 25-year-old lastly received gold on the U.S. championships this season after eight earlier makes an attempt. She’s going to turn into the oldest U.S. girls’s determine skater to compete on the Olympics in practically a century.

One factor to know: One in every of her coaches is 2018 Olympian Adam Rippon, who beforehand educated alongside Bell and Nathan Chen. She says Rippon — and her German shepherd pet, Nala — assist her preserve issues in perspective.

One factor to look at: Her free skate, set to ok.d. lang’s cowl of “Hallelujah,” is beautiful in its magnificence and emotion. We’re not crying, you might be!

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Alysa Liu, determine skating

Liu turned the youngest-ever U.S. girls’s nationwide champion at simply 13 in 2019. Now 16, the two-time U.S. champ would be the youngest member of Crew USA in Beijing.

One factor to know: Liu’s father, who immigrated to the U.S. from China, informed Alysa concerning the circumstances of her start after she requested him why she did not look Chinese language. She and her 4 siblings have been born to surrogate moms by way of nameless egg donors.

One factor to look at: Liu efficiently landed quads earlier in her profession however hasn’t competed any this season. Nonetheless, she is the one U.S. skater who has the jumps — particularly the triple axel — to problem the Russians for the rostrum.

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Vincent Zhou, determine skating

Zhou, 21, has lengthy been in Nathan Chen’s shadow. However he is able to make a reputation for himself at his second Olympics, the place he has a practical shot of touchdown on the rostrum.

One factor to know: Zhou and his mother left the remainder of their household when he was 8 to hunt higher teaching. They thought on the time it could be for less than two years. However Zhou’s skating profession took off they usually by no means went again.

One factor to look at: Zhou has been skating five-quad lengthy applications — the identical as Chen and probably the most tough in males’s competitors. His lengthy program is about to “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” a tribute to his Chinese language heritage.

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Chloe Kim, snowboarding

The youngest Olympic gold medalist in snowboard halfpipe historical past, Kim, 21, took practically two years off from competing after the 2018 Pyeongchang Video games to attend Princeton and create a life exterior of her sport. Since returning to competitors in January 2021, Kim has been undefeated in halfpipe contests.

One factor to know: In 2021, Kim started opening up about her struggles with fame at a younger age and coping with anti-Asian hate on-line. In a number of interviews, Kim shared her psychological well being journey, and says doing so has allowed her to navigate these Olympics whereas representing the truest model of herself. “It is introduced numerous calm and peace to my life, understanding that I may be myself 24-7 and never need to placed on a entrance,” Kim informed ESPN in December. “I am at some extent the place I need to really feel the whole lot I really feel and never bottle all my feelings and explode at some point. That was a reasonably commonplace follow for me a number of years in the past. Now I am in a significantly better headspace.”

One factor to look at: If Kim wins gold, she is going to turn into the primary lady to repeat as Olympic champion in snowboard halfpipe.

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Shaun White, snowboarding

Beijing can be White’s fifth and remaining Olympics, and he’ll try to win his fourth gold medal within the halfpipe. The 35-year-old’s reign within the sport has been unprecedented, however making the rostrum in Beijing won’t occur simply. Crew Japan has dominated the occasion this season. White’s greatest end throughout Olympic qualifying: third on the Laax Open in January.

One factor to know: White has spent most of his profession using for Burton snowboards however parted methods with the model after the Pyeongchang Video games. In January, he introduced he began his personal snowboard gear firm, Whitespace. In Beijing, he’ll experience a board of his personal creation. “To be up there standing on my title and my very own developed product is so cool,” he informed ESPN in January.

One factor to look at: Within the leadup to the 2010 Olympics, White launched double corks to the halfpipe and landed his signature trick, the McTwist double cork 1260, throughout his victory lap in Vancouver. Now triple corks are all the fad. However just one athlete, Japanese rider Ayumu Hirano, has landed one in competitors. The massive questions: Will White try a triple in Beijing in his quest to win gold? And may he win with out it?

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Jamie Anderson, snowboarding

Anderson is the queen of Slopestyle snowboarding, a rider who’s led the game’s development for greater than a decade. One of many savviest rivals within the recreation, she’s probably the most embellished lady in X Video games historical past and the one lady with two Olympic snowboard gold medals.

One factor to know: A number of weeks earlier than flying to Beijing to compete in her third Olympics, Anderson bought engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Canadian snowboarder Tyler Nicholson, who competed in Slopestyle and Large Air for Crew Canada in 2018.

One factor to look at: At X Video games Aspen in January, Anderson tried a 1260 for the primary time — throughout Large Air finals. She mentioned she was impressed by her rivals however did not land the trick and took silver. The try gave her confidence to strive it once more. “If the jumps are good in Beijing,” Anderson informed ESPN, “I will give it one other shot.”

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Lindsey Jacobellis, snowboarding

Headed to her fifth Olympics, Jacobellis is probably the most dominant snowboardcross racer in historical past. However the Olympic race has been her Achilles heel. Since her debut in Torino in 2006 — where she infamously showboated over the penultimate bounce, crashed and watched Tanja Frieden cross her for gold — Jacobellis has did not win one other medal on the Olympics.

One factor to know: With this look, 36-year-old Jacobellis ties snowboarder Kelly Clark, the 2002 halfpipe gold medalist, as the one U.S. girls to compete in 5 Winter Olympics.

One factor to look at: Jacobellis will probably race within the Olympic debut of combined workforce snowboardcross, which options an thrilling knockout format. Within the occasion, the lads race first. When every rider in a warmth crosses the end line, his time benefit over the following rider is transferred to his lady teammate. The ladies take off in a staggered format, and the primary lady to cross the road wins.

Pink Gerard, snowboarding

One of many breakout stars in Pyeongchang, Gerard received Slopestyle gold in dramatic style on his third and remaining run, changing into the youngest snowboard gold medalist (at age 17) for the reason that sport was added in 1998. Then he received over Olympic followers together with his free, laid-back persona and his throng of cheering, partying relations who have been by no means too removed from the cameras.

One factor to know: Gerard, who’s presently ranked fifth on this planet in Slopestyle, was the primary man to qualify for the U.S. snowboard workforce.

One factor to look at: Like all Slopestyle riders, Gerard will even compete in Large Air, an occasion that options riders trying their greatest methods over a large bounce made from metal and concrete — lined in manufactured snow — that was in-built Beijing’s Shijingshan District, about half-hour exterior town heart. It’s the first everlasting Large Air ramp in historical past.

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Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine snowboarding

The three-time Olympic medalist and three-time total World Cup champion is competing in her third Video games, and is arguably the GOAT of her sport.

One factor to know: Shiffrin, 26, received her forty seventh World Cup slalom race in January and have become the primary skier in historical past to win that many races in a single self-discipline. She has received 73 whole World Cup titles, and have become the youngest ever to succeed in the 50-victory mark, which she did at 23.

One factor to look at: Shiffrin is hoping to compete in 5 particular person occasions on the Video games. Incomes one medal in Beijing would tie her with Julia Mancuso as probably the most embellished lady ski racer in American Olympic historical past. If she have been to win three, she would match the report for Olympic Alpine ski medals by a girl, becoming a member of Croatia’s Janica Kostelic and Sweden’s Anja Paerson, and tie Bode Miller for many by any American skier. Shiffrin already owns the report for medals on the world championships by an American with 11.

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Kai Owens, moguls snowboarding

Owens’ journey comes full circle in Beijing, the place the 17-year-old will return to her start nation for the primary time since being deserted in a metropolis sq. shortly after start. Owens was adopted from an orphanage at 16 months by Amy and John Owens, and grew up in Vail, Colorado, the place she attended the Vail Ski & Snowboard Academy, turned a moguls prodigy and set her sights on competing within the 2022 Video games.

One factor to know: In 2019, Owens turned the youngest American skier to win a NorAm moguls occasion, at age 14. In 2021, she positioned sixth on this planet championships and was named the FIS World Cup’s Rookie of the 12 months. In February 2021, she led a U.S. sweep in her first World Cup victory at Deer Valley. Extra proof she’s one to look at: Her title, Kai, interprets to “victorious.”

One factor to look at: Do not miss Owens compete in twin moguls, which options thrilling, head-to-head elimination races during which velocity counts for 15% of a skier’s rating, turns by way of the moguls rely for 60% and jumps (methods) rely for 25%. Owens is quick and has large, clear methods.

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Hanna Faulhaber, freeskiing

Faulhaber burst onto the freeski scene in the course of the 2021-22 Olympic qualifying season and snagged the second spot on the U.S. Slopestyle and Large Air workforce. A senior at Basalt Excessive Faculty, Faulhaber, 17, competed in her first X Video games in January, an occasion she grew up watching in particular person, as Basalt is simply 15 miles from Aspen. She took bronze. “A dream come true,” she informed ESPN after the occasion. Now, she switches focus to her first Olympics. “I began eyeing the Olympic workforce after I took fourth at world championships [in Aspen] final yr, and it has been my most important focus all through this season,” she mentioned. “To medal there could be wonderful.”

One factor to know: Faulhaber spent final summer season volunteering on the Aspen Valley Ski & Snowboard Membership, serving to younger freeskiers progress on trampolines.

One factor to look at: Faulhaber says she plans to up the methods she threw in her bronze-medal Slopestyle run in Aspen. “I even have a swap corked 720,” she mentioned. “I opted to not do it as a result of it wants extra coaching, however that can be in my Olympic run. There may be presumably extra, too, however we’ll see.”

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David Smart, freeskiing

Freeskiing halfpipe was added to the Winter Video games in 2014 and since then, solely Smart has taken gold within the males’s occasion. No athlete in snowboarding or freeskiing has received three straight gold medals in any occasion, but when anybody has the methods, type and aggressive savvy to be the primary, it is Smart.

One factor to know: Smart, 31, and his spouse, Alexandra, have been married in 2011 and have two kids, a daughter Nayeli, 9, and son Malachi, 6. The summer season after the Pyeongchang Olympics, Smart printed a kids’s e-book, “Very Bear and the Butterfly.”

“My household is the steadiness for me,” Smart informed ESPN in January. “They don’t seem to be one thing I’ve to steadiness. They remind me what’s essential in life.”

One factor to look at: Smart is thought for going large, and performing clear, technical methods. If he can achieve this in Beijing, he might return residence with a 3rd gold to share together with his household. “I am carrying numerous momentum going into the Olympics,” Smart mentioned. “And this season is all about momentum.”

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Aaron Blunck, freeskiing

Blunck is headed to his third Olympics and hopes to enhance on two seventh-place finishes within the halfpipe. However this quad has been nothing like the 2 earlier. The Crested Butte native locked up his Olympic spot final March by profitable the primary qualifier in Aspen, two months after taking silver at X Video games 2021. (He took third in 2022.) These finishes have been much more exceptional contemplating Blunck virtually died in a pre-season coaching crash in Switzerland in October 2020, the place he broke a number of ribs, fractured his pelvis, lacerated a kidney and bruised his coronary heart.

One factor to know: Blunck sustained his accidents trying a swap double cork 1440 — the skier enters the halfpipe backward and performs two backflips and four-and-a-half spins — a trick he’d landed in follow beforehand however has but to be landed by anybody in competitors.

One factor to look at: If the previous season is any indication, males’s freeski halfpipe finals can be an unbelievable showdown that, when Alex Ferreira and Birk Irving are added to the dialog, might realistically finish in a U.S. sweep.

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Alex Corridor, freeskiing

Corridor made his Olympic debut in 2018 however completed sixteenth in slopestyle and has since mentioned he felt like a 19-year-old child who was, “alongside for the experience.” This time round, he heads to Beijing as a medal favourite and one of the well-liked skiers within the sport. Recognized for his progressive, inventive methods and clean, flowy traces by way of the rail sections, the 6’4″ rider is straightforward to determine on any slopestyle course. His greatest competitors: his personal teammates. Crew USA swept the rostrum on the Dew Tour in December.

One factor to know: Born in Alaska and raised in Zurich, Switzerland, Corridor lives in Park Metropolis and speaks fluent German because of his Swiss upbringing.

One factor to look at: Corridor is a medal favourite in slopestyle and the Olympic debut of ski large air, the place athletes will throw their greatest methods on an outsized artifical bounce. He received the ultimate pre-Beijing contest final month at X Video games Aspen.

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Hilary Knight, ice hockey

Knight, 32, is enjoying in her fourth Olympic girls’s ice hockey match, probably the most appearances for any participant on the Crew USA Beijing roster. An analyst for ESPN’s NHL protection, Knight is one among solely 4 American girls to make 4 Olympic hockey groups.

One factor to know: Knight was born in Palo Alto, Calif., grew up in Lake Forest, and performed faculty hockey for the College of Wisconsin. The ahead received her first Olympic gold in 2018 after two silvers, has eight IIHF world championships and received the primary Isobel Cup within the Nationwide Ladies’s Hockey League (now the Premiere Hockey Federation) with the Boston Satisfaction.

One factor to look at: When Knight is on the ice, anticipate the American offense to get cranked up. She’s fifth all-time in factors (17) amongst U.S. girls’s gamers within the Olympics. Knight broke the nationwide workforce’s profession world championships scoring report final summer season, one beforehand held by Hockey Corridor of Famer Cammi Granato.

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Kendall Coyne Schofield, ice hockey

The captain of the workforce, Coyne Schofield, 29, is a ahead making her third Olympic look. She had three factors in 5 video games and led the workforce with 21 pictures on aim of their 2018 gold-medal run in Pyeongchang, lastly beating their arch-rivals from Canada after three straight Olympic remaining losses to their neighbo(u)rs to the north. “It is a fully completely different roster than the roster we noticed in 2018. Our tradition, our mindset, our work … none of that adjustments,” mentioned Coyne Schofield.

One factor to know: Coyne Schofield made NHL historical past in 2019 when she changed the injured Nathan MacKinnon within the quickest skater occasion in San Jose, changing into the primary lady to compete in an All-Star abilities competitors. She completed with a time of 14.326 seconds, which positioned her seventh out of eight skaters and forward of Arizona Coyotes ahead Clayton Keller. She’s presently working within the NHL as a participant growth coach with the Chicago Blackhawks.

One factor to look at: Coyne Schofield can be a key offensive participant — she has 156 factors in 155 profession video games with Crew USA.

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Abby Roque, ice hockey

This would be the Olympic debut for Roque, 24, after making 9 appearances with the nationwide workforce. She’ll be one of many forwards tasked with serving to to fill the void left by departing 2018 standouts Kacey Bellamy, Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson.

One factor to know: Roque would be the first Indigenous participant on Crew USA’s hockey roster and the workforce’s solely BIPOC participant. “Again residence, there have been so many Indigenous gamers round, and now I am sitting right here as the one participant and first participant on the U.S. girls’s workforce that is Indigenous. It is a cool second and one thing I am so happy with, however one thing I clearly need to assist change,” she informed ESPN.

One factor to look at: The U.S. energy play struggled on the IIHF world championships final August, going an abysmal 3-for-25. Roque is the type of offensive game-changer that would flip that script, scoring 21 power-play objectives whereas enjoying at Wisconsin, the place she completed ninth on their all-time scoring listing with 170 factors. Teammate Knight has mentioned of Roque: “I feel she’s going to be the very best participant on this planet. Plain and easy.”

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Matty Beniers, ice hockey

Beniers, 19, is one among 15 NCAA males’s hockey gamers that have been named to the U.S. Olympic roster after the NHL opted to not ship its gamers to Beijing, as COVID postponements “materially altered” the League’s schedule. The middle is one among 4 present College of Michigan teammates within the Beijing males’s match, together with Crew USA’s Brendan Brisson and Crew Canada’s Owen Energy and Kent Johnson, who was named as an alternate.

One factor to know: Beniers made historical past final yr as the primary participant ever taken by the enlargement Seattle Kraken within the NHL Entry Draft, going second total. “We predict he has an enormous upside. There are usually not many instances once you interview a participant and he’s majoring in pre-med. He is clearly a brilliant child,” mentioned Seattle GM Ron Francis.

One factor to look at: If Crew USA’s youth motion goes to propel them to a medal, Beniers goes to be on the heart of it. He has 36 factors in 28 video games with Michigan this season, incomes a popularity as a dynamic puck-moving ahead who additionally takes care of enterprise within the defensive finish. Seattle’s future is America’s current.

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Strauss Mann, ice hockey

Mann, 23, left the College of Michigan after three seasons to pursue a professional hockey profession with Skelleftea AIK of the Swedish Hockey League this season. The goalie knew there was an opportunity he might find yourself as an Olympian if the NHL opted out of the Beijing Video games. “I knew they have been taking a look at faculty and European leagues. I had been in each not too long ago, so I knew I would be an excellent candidate,” he mentioned. “There are solely so many American goalies in Europe.”

One factor to know: Mann follows a strict Paleo weight loss plan … or no less than tries to, as he is “achieved the very best” he can whereas dwelling in Sweden. “It was a behavior that disciplined numerous areas of my life. I bought in good condition and began caring about numerous different issues,” he mentioned.

One factor to look at: Mann could not verify if he could be the starter in Beijing, saying it was a “competitors at each place.” However that is been the notion exterior of USA Hockey, as Mann’s spectacular yr in Sweden and powerful play in faculty put him forward of Boston College’s Drew Commesso and minor league journeyman Pat Nagle.

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Kaillie Humphries, bobsled

Probably the most embellished lady in bobsled historical past, Humphries is the one lady to win back-to-back Olympic gold medals within the sport, which she achieved on the 2010 and 2014 Video games. After taking bronze in 2018, Humphries filed a proper criticism with Bobsleigh Canada that accused head coach Todd Hays of verbal and psychological abuse, and in 2019, she earned a launch from the workforce. Since then, Humphries has competed for Crew USA and can race in her fourth Olympics sporting pink, white and blue.

One factor to know: Born in Calgary, Humphries now trains in her hometown of Carlsbad, Calif., the place she makes use of a do-it-yourself dryland bobsled on wheels to organize for the race season.

One factor to look at: Humphries will even race within the Olympic debut of monobob, which is strictly what it appears like: a one-woman race the place the driving force is the one athlete within the sled and acts as her personal brakeman. Beijing marks the primary Olympics the place girls bobsledders can win multiple medal.

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Elana Meyers Taylor, bobsled

After three straight Olympic appearances — and three straight medals — Meyers Taylor took time away from the game in 2019 and 2020 to provide start to her first youngster, a son named Nico, with fellow bobsledder, Nic Taylor. She introduced her being pregnant in September 2019 and the following day, received the ladies’s drivers division on the USA Bobsled Push Championships in Lake Placid, NY.

One factor to know: Meyers Taylor’s husband and son journey to each race along with her, and they are going to be in Beijing. Nico was born with Down’s Syndrome, which implies he requires particular care and Meyers Taylor says the previous two years have been a number of the most difficult and rewarding of her life. “I have been making an attempt to determine methods to help my son and compete on the highest degree,” Meyers Taylor informed ESPN in November. “This has been a really tough quad, so the enjoyment of standing on a medal podium could be fairly particular.”

One factor to look at: Meyers Taylor goes into the Olympics ranked No. 1 on this planet in two-man and monobob. However she tested positive for COVID after arriving in Beijing, and is in jeopardy of lacking the Olympic debut of monobob, which begins February 12.

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Emily Sweeney, luge

The seven-time World Cup medalist and 2019 world championship bronze medalist is competing in her second Olympic Video games.

One factor to know: Sweeney, 28, made her first Olympic look in 2018, after coming oh-so-close to creating the workforce in 2010 and 2014. However her Olympic debut did not go the way in which she had hoped. Sweeney had a devastating crash in her remaining run and suffered a debilitating spinal damage, dashing her medal hopes and leaving her unable to coach for six months. The pandemic and journey restrictions attributable to her function within the U.S. Military have been hurdles in her comeback, however she’s wholesome and prepared for her second probability in Beijing.

One factor to look at: If Sweeney have been to make the rostrum in Beijing, she would turn into simply the second American lady in historical past to win an Olympic luge medal. Her former teammate Erin Hamlin was the primary in 2014.

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Maame Biney, speedskating

Biney, 21, is the 2021 U.S. Championship gold medalist and the 2019 World Junior Championship bronze medalist in velocity skating. On the Olympic trials final month, Biney clinched an Olympic spot — her second consecutive Olympic look — by profitable the five hundred meters.

One factor to know: On the 2018 Olympics, Biney made historical past by changing into the primary Black lady to make a U.S. Olympic brief observe velocity skating workforce, and the second ever African-born athlete — she was born in Accra, Ghana and moved to the U.S. at age 5 — to characterize the U.S. on the Winter Olympics. She was additionally the youngest skater to make the 2018 workforce.

One factor to look at: If she makes the rostrum in Beijing, she is going to break Crew USA’s 12-year speedskating drought. The final time the U.S. received a speedskating medal was in 2010.

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Brittany Bowe, speedskating

The 1,000-meter world record-holder and multi-time world champion, Bowe, 33, will make her third straight Winter Olympics look after profitable the 500-meter, 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter races on the Olympic trials.

One factor to know: In a form gesture that can be remembered for a very long time to come back, Bowe gave up her spot within the 500 meters to her good buddy and teammate Erin Jackson. Jackson, who’s ranked World No. 1 within the occasion, slipped in the course of the Olympic trials and completed third, failing to qualify for the Olympics. Then, in a shock flip of occasions, Bowe was added to the 500-meter discipline after the U.S. picked up an additional spot within the occasion (as soon as a number of different nations gave up their spots).

One factor to look at: Look out for Bowe within the 1,000 meter. She is presently the quickest on this planet, and can probably take residence the gold.

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Erin Jackson, speedskating

Ranked first on this planet in 500-meter speedskating, Jackson received her first World Cup gold in Poland this yr, changing into the primary Black American lady to win the occasion in a World Cup.

One factor to know: In 2018, she turned the primary Black lady to qualify for a U.S. Olympic long-track speedskating workforce. She had solely been full-time speedskating for lower than six months at that time, and her qualification to the workforce shocked even herself. She completed twenty fourth in Pyeongchang.

One factor to look at: After the heartbreak of initially pondering she had missed the chance to race within the 500 in Beijing, Jackson can be squarely eyeing gold there. Can she do it?

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John Shuster, curling

Shuster is considerably of a legend within the curling world: Beijing would be the 39-year-old’s fifth Olympic Video games, and he has competed in 9 world championships. On the 2018 Olympics, he helped Crew USA win its first ever curling gold. He’s additionally a 2006 Turin Olympics bronze medalist.

One factor to know: Shuster is one among solely 4 athletes on the 222-person Crew USA roster to compete on the Winter Olympics for the fifth time. He’ll be a part of snowboarder Shaun White, skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender and snowboarder Lindsey Jacobellis.

One factor to look at: Be careful for Canada (and Sweden) as they pose the largest problem to Shuster and the USA within the protection of the gold medal. Canada has probably the most medals within the occasion (11), adopted by Sweden (8).

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Matt and Becca Hamilton, curling

Siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton entertained the viewers on the Pyeongchang Olympics with their humorous Twitter bickering — at one level, their mom pleaded with them to be nicer to one another. In 2018, the duo competed within the first-ever combined curling occasion collectively (they completed sixth), whereas Matt was additionally a part of the history-making males’s workforce.

One factor to know: Becca credit Matt for getting her into curling. Matt started the game a yr earlier than Becca. Becca took up the game by secretly working towards when no person was round, as she was extraordinarily shy to play in entrance of others.

One factor to look at: In contrast to in 2018, the siblings won’t compete in the identical occasion at Beijing. Matt will assist Crew USA defend its males’s gold title, whereas Becca will compete within the girls’s occasion within the hopes to assist the ladies’s workforce win their first total medal.

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Jessie Diggins, Nordic snowboarding

On the 2018 Olympics, Diggins, 30, received the primary ever cross-country snowboarding gold medal for the USA with teammate Kikkan Randall. In 2021, she received the Tour de Ski, which is part of the yr’s World Cup occasions, changing into the primary American to take action. She completed on the high of the 2020-2021 World Cup standings.

One factor to know: Diggins wrote a memoir, “Courageous Sufficient,” the place she opened up about what it took to turn into a profitable cross-country skier, together with her struggles as a teen with bulimia. She can also be an envoy for 2 non-profit organizations, one to guard the surroundings and the opposite to encourage younger ladies to take up sports activities.

One factor to look at: Arguably probably the greatest cross-country skiers America has ever seen, you do not need to miss Diggins going for back-to-back gold within the workforce dash occasion.

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