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Beijing Olympics: Meet Team USA athletes in the Winter Games

Lower than six months after the summer time version in Tokyo, the Olympics return on Feb. 4 for the Winter Games, the place a complete of 109 occasions in 15 disciplines throughout seven sports activities on snow and ice will likely be held—in a bubble, underneath COVID-19 protocols—throughout 12 competitors venues in China. Then, one month later, the motion will return to Beijing on March 4 for the Paralympics, that includes greater than 600 athletes competing over 10 days in 78 occasions throughout six sports activities.

From contemporary faces to acquainted ones, listed below are a few of the U.S. women and men who will likely be going for gold in Beijing.

Written by Kristen Nelson, Madeline Coleman, Tess DeMeyer, Lia Assimakopoulos, Claire Kuwana, Mark Bechtel and Jamie Lisanti. Illustrations by Trey Ingram.

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BIATHLON

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Susan Dunklee

Age: 35
Hometown: Craftsbury, Vt.

Biathlon stays the solely Winter Olympic sport in which the U.S. has by no means received a medal, however Dunklee is hoping to alter that. After competing in the Sochi and PyeongChang Games, she grew to become the first U.S. biathlete to win two world championship medals in her profession, incomes two of the nation’s six all-time medals in 2017 and ’20. As the workforce’s de facto captain, she introduced she is going to retire at the finish of this season, so Beijing will likely be her final probability to make historical past.

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Kaillie Humphries

Age: 36
Hometown: San Diego

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After a prolonged dispute with Canadian bobsled officers over claims of verbal abuse, psychological abuse and harassment, Humphries received the proper to compete for the United States in the upcoming Winter Games. The Calgary native is the most embellished lady in bobsled historical past with 5 world championships, 54 World Cup medals and is the solely ladies’s pilot to win two Olympic golds and drive to 3 medals. Since becoming a member of Team USA in 2019, she’s received three world titles, and after finally earning U.S. citizenship in December, she is going to look to proceed her dominance with the United States in Beijing.

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Elana Meyers Taylor

Age: 37
Hometown: Douglasville, Ga.

Whereas coaching for the Olympics has grow to be part of Taylor’s routine for over a decade now, this yr brings a brand new problem: motherhood. The three-time Olympic bobsled medalist, who captured silver in the two-woman occasion in 2018, took the complete ’19–20 season off after giving start to her son, Nico, and has since discovered that parenting as an Olympian in a pandemic poses a myriad of distinctive challenges. Since getting again into form and returning to the sport, she’s grow to be a high contender in monobob, the new solo Olympic occasion.

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SKELETON

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Katie Uhlaender

Age: 37
Hometown: Breckenridge, Colo.

There have been solely six U.S. Olympic ladies’s skeleton groups in historical past, and Uhlaender has now been featured on 5 of them. After qualifying for Beijing, she grew to become the first American lady from any sliding sport to make 5 Olympic groups, as certainly one of simply three U.S. skeleton racers competing this yr. She is going to lead two rookie racers in hopes of incomes her first-ever Olympic medal, surpassing her fourth-place private finest from Sochi.

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CURLING

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Team Schuster

Chances are you’ll keep in mind Team Shuster from 2018, once they received the U.S.’s first-ever Olympic curling gold medal in PyeongChang. In Beijing, the squad will look barely completely different—after the ’18 Games, Tyler George stepped away from curling, and skip John Shuster, 39, supplied the spot to Chris Plys, who in ’10 was an alternate on the workforce in Vancouver. “My intention was to go to the Olympics and hopefully get the brooms prepared earlier than the recreation,” he says with amusing. However throughout the competitors, Shuster struggled mightily and was benched for a match by the teaching employees, an uncommon prevalence in the sport. “It was awkward,” Plys, 34, says. “It … a bit bizarre.” Becoming a member of Plys and Shuster are ’18 gold medalists John Landsteiner, 31, and Matt Hamilton, 32. The workforce is a favourite to medal in Beijing after ending fifth in worlds.

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Team Peterson

4 years in the past, Team Peterson was often called Team Roth earlier than Tabitha Peterson, 32, took over skipping from Nina Roth, who took a hiatus to provide start to her son. When Roth, 33, returned, all events determined to maintain Peterson in cost. The change in management has led to little pressure and good outcomes—Team Peterson completed third at the 2021 world championships, marking the first medal for a U.S. ladies’s workforce in 15 years. The squad additionally contains second Becca Hamilton, 31, and Peterson’s sister and lead, Tara, 30. The final yr has been a whirlwind off the ice for the workforce: Peterson is a pharmacist, placing her squarely on the entrance traces of the pandemic, whereas Roth is a full-time nurse at an acute care hospital. “It’s insanely busy, however it’s rewarding,” Peterson says. 

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ICE HOCKEY

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Kendall Coyne Schofield

Age: 29
Hometown: Palos Heights, Unwell.

The USWNT captain brings expertise from two earlier Olympics, scoring twice in each PyeongChang and Sochi. Coyne Schofield—who led the gold-medal-winning workforce with 21 photographs on purpose in 2018—can be a participant improvement coach with the Chicago Blackhawks. Many hockey followers may acknowledge her from the ’19 NHL All-Star Recreation, the place she was the first lady to take part in a expertise occasion, competing in the quickest skater competitors.

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Brianna Decker

Age: 30
Hometown: Dousman, Wis.

Identified for her physicality and skillful stickhandling, the two-time Olympian led the workforce in assists with three in 2018 and notched two objectives and 4 assists in ’14. Since PyeongChang, Decker has additionally served as an assistant coach with the U.S. U-18 Ladies’s Nationwide Team. Decker was additionally a part of the ’19 NHL All-Star weekend, demonstrating the premier passing occasion, which she accomplished quicker than any of the males.

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Hilary Knight

Age: 32
Hometown: Solar Valley, Idaho

Simply the fourth U.S. lady to make 4 Olympic rosters, Knight has been an integral a part of Team USA for greater than a decade. She broke the all-time objectives report at the World Championships in 2021 and holds the U.S. profession factors report at the IIHF event. With a knack for scoring, particularly in massive video games, the rightwinger additionally scored the workforce’s first purpose in their gold-medal-winning recreation at the ’18 Olympics.

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Abby Roque

Age: 24
Hometown: Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

One among eight first-time Olympians on the 2022 roster, Roque is a part of the subsequent era of Team USA. The middle performed faculty hockey at Wisconsin, the place she received a nationwide championship in ’19, and he or she additionally performed on the USWNT that received silver at Worlds final yr. Roque—who’s a member of the Wahnapitae First Nation, a part of the Ojibwe First Nation—can be the first Indigenous participant to signify the U.S. in ladies’s hockey. 

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LUGE

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Summer season Britcher

Age: 27
Hometown: Glen Rock, Pa.

Coming into her third Olympics, Britcher has but to make the podium at the Games however is the all-singles chief in U.S. luge historical past with 5 World Cup victories. After successful gold in the workforce relay at the 2012 Youth Winter Olympics, she made her debut in Sochi, the place she was the youngest lady on the luge workforce. As the lone American to make a World Cup podium this season outdoors of relay, Britcher received a silver medal in the dash World Cup race in early December, giving the U.S. workforce its finest particular person end in almost two years.

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Chris Mazdzer

Age: 33
Hometown: Salt Lake Metropolis, N.Y.

Mazdzer grew to become the solely American males’s single luger to medal at the Olympics after incomes silver in the PyeongChang Games. The four-time World Cup champion and 10-time medalist enters his fourth Olympic competitors this winter. Whereas he’s spent the final 4 years coaching for his Olympic return in Beijing, Mazdzer additionally competed on Dancing With The Stars with professional dancer Witney Carson, advancing to the third of 4 rounds in the season.

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SPEEDSKATING

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Erin Jackson

Age: 29
Hometown: Ocala, Fla.

In November 2021, the former inline skating champion grew to become the first Black lady to win a World Cup occasion in velocity skating. Jackson transitioned to the ice simply months earlier than her Olympic debut in ’18 and almost missed her probability to finish in subsequent Winter Games in Beijing after a slip throughout the U.S. Olympic trials in early January. However teammate and long-time buddy Brittany Bowe gave up her qualifying spot to let Jackson take her place in the occasion, making certain that the top-ranked skater in the 500-meter occasion will likely be on the ice for Team USA in February. 

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Brittany Bowe

Age: 33
Hometown: Ocala, Fla.

A two-time Olympian, Bowe will return to the video games to compete in the 1,000- and 1,500-meter occasions, after relinquishing her spot in the 500-meter to Jackson. A 20-time world champion medalist, together with seven golds, Bowe received bronze in the workforce pursuit in 2018 and was one place in need of a person medal in the 1,000 meters. 

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SHORT TRACK

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Maame Biney

Age: 22
Hometown: Reston, Va.

At simply 18 years previous, Biney made historical past in PyeongChang after she grew to become the youngest skater and first Black lady to make the U.S. short-track workforce. Whereas her finest end was 14th place in the brief monitor 500 meters, she captured America’s coronary heart together with her daring character and contagious smile. Over the final 4 years, she’s used her platform to speak out against racial injustice, most notably after George Floyd was killed.

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FIGURE SKATING

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Karen Chen

Age: 22
Hometown: Fremont, Calif.

Identified for her lyrical type and signature spiral, Chen has been certainly one of the high American determine skaters since successful a nationwide title in 2017. She debuted a brand new brief program at the ’22 U.S. Championships, clinched a silver medal and punched a ticket to Beijing, marking her second Olympics after she positioned eleventh at the ’18 Games. When she isn’t coaching, Chen enjoys portray and plans to pursue a profession in the medical area. She enrolled at Cornell College in ’19 and selected to take day without work to organize for the Olympics after finishing her first yr.

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Vincent Zhou

Age: 21
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

After ending sixth in PyeongChang, Zhou went on to win a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships. Although he struggled throughout his free skate at the U.S. Championships in January, a win at Skate America in October ’21 and his earlier worldwide expertise earned him a ticket to his second Olympics. Zhou says a familial connection to the web site of the ’22 Games makes these Olympics really feel further vital. “My mother and father and my prolonged household have been all born and lived in China, in Beijing really, so this upcoming Olympics will likely be very near dwelling for me,” he explains. “Like a second dwelling virtually.”

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Mariah Bell

Age: 25
Hometown: Westminster, Colo.

At the U.S. Determine Skating Championships in January 2022, 25-year-old Bell received her first nationwide title, changing into the oldest American lady to earn a person determine skating spot on an Olympic workforce since 1928. She jokes that she is “historic” in the skating world as a result of a few of her teammates and opponents are nonetheless in their teenagers however says being a bit older offers her alternatives to decide on music or choreography that most closely fits a extra mature skater. She’s been coaching underneath a training employees that features 2018 Olympic bronze medalist Adam Rippon, and he or she additionally practices alongside Nathan Chen, a gold-medal favourite in the males’s occasion.

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Nathan Chen

Age: 22
Hometown: Salt Lake Metropolis

To say that Chen has dominated the determine skating world since the final Olympics can be an understatement. For 43 months—from March 2018 to March ’21—he went on a successful streak that produced 14 particular person titles and included triumphs over reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu. However in October ’21, Chen made some uncharacteristic errors throughout his applications at Skate America, which resulted in a third-place end and the finish of his streak. He bounced again at Skate Canada a number of days later to remind the world why he’s favored to win gold in Beijing. He snagged his sixth consecutive nationwide title in January regardless of two falls in his free skate—certainly one of which he laughed off because it was an surprising faceplant throughout the ending dance part of his program—and is predicted to enhance upon his fifth-place end in PyeongChang.

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Madison Chock and Evan Bates

Age: 29 and 32
Hometown: Redondo Seashore, Calif. and Ann Arbor, Mich.

Chock and Bates have competed collectively since 2011, and Beijing will mark their third consecutive Olympic look as a pair. The duo completed eighth in Sochi and ninth in PyeongChang, however robust performances at the begin of the ’21–22 season recommend Chock and Bates could possibly be medal contenders this yr. Their rhythm dance is about to a mixture of Billie Eilish songs and features a distinctive raise, whereas their free dance is backed by Daft Punk tracks and tells the story of an alien assembly an astronaut.

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SNOWBOARDING

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Chloe Kim

Age: 21
Hometown: Torrance, Calif.

Expectations are excessive for Kim, who has not misplaced a world cup halfpipe occasion since 2018—the identical yr that at 17, she grew to become the youngest feminine athlete to seize a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in snowboarding. Kim later took a 22-month hiatus from competing, experiencing her first yr of faculty away from the halfpipe at Princeton College, however returned to dominance in ’21 to seize her fifth win at the X Games and her second consecutive halfpipe world championship.

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Dusty Henricksen

Age: 18
Hometown: Mammoth Lakes, Calif.

The younger star shocked the snowboarding world at 17 when he entered his first-ever X Games and received the Knuckle Huck contest, changing into the first American to win males’s slopestyle gold in 12 years. The final snowboarder to take action was Shaun White in 2009, making means for comparisons between the rookie and the three-time Olympic gold medalist—who additionally occurred to be coached by none aside from Henricksen’s father, Marko, early in his profession.

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Jamie Anderson

Age: 31
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

Anderson made waves in her Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games, sweeping the competitors to win the inaugural snowboard slopestyle occasion. She took the gold once more in ’18 to grow to be the first lady to win two gold medals in snowboarding. Anderson is the most embellished slopestyle athlete in X Games historical past; she started competing at 13 years previous and has received seven snowboard slopestyle gold medals since her begin. The snowboarding star additionally began the Jamie Anderson Foundation, to supply younger athletes with tools and monetary help to journey and compete in winter sports activities. 

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Pink Gerard

Age: 21
Hometown: Silver Springs, Colo.

Gerard grew to become an in a single day sensation when he received Team USA’s first gold medal of the 2018 Olympics at simply 17 years previous, and his legacy solely grew when the world discovered he had overslept on the day of the slopestyle ultimate. 4 years later, Gerard is headed to Beijing with some new tips up his sleeve, together with a swap bottom 1620 that he stomped down on the final run of the Dew Tour in December. Although the snowboarder says “it’d be actually cool” so as to add one other medal to his assortment, he says he will China to “embrace all of it, hopefully meet new individuals and simply have a extremely nice expertise.”

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Maddie Mastro

Age: 21
Hometown: Wrightwood, Calif.

Since ending twelfth in the halfpipe competitors at the PyeongChang Olympics, Mastro has gained extra expertise and picked up a number of podium finishes. At the 2019 Burton US Open Snowboarding Championships, she grew to become the first lady to land a double crippler 900 in competitors, outscoring reigning Olympic champion Kim to assert the high spot. A nasty crash at the Dew Tour in December resulted in an ankle damage and compelled Mastro to withdraw from the occasion, however she had the highest rating in qualifying and now seems able to problem for a medal in Beijing. 

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PARA SNOWBOARDING

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Evan Robust

Age: 35
Hometown: Haiku, Hawai’i

At 17, the Hawai’i native was hit by a drunk driver whereas using a bike, which led to the amputation of his left leg. Earlier than the accident, Robust was a sponsored skateboarder on the rise, however he shortly made the transition to snowboarding. Now, Robust’s prestigious resume boasts a Sochi gold medal in the snowboardcross and a PyeongChang silver in the banked slalom, and he additionally holds 4 World Championship medals in the identical two occasions. 

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ALPINE SKIING

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Mikaela Shiffrin

Age: 26
Hometown: Edwards, Colo.

The Colorado native has already solidified herself as a legend, successful extra world championship medals (11) than some other American skier. Shiffrin can be third for World Cup titles, with 72—and nonetheless counting. A lot has modified since she final competed in the Olympics in 2018—her father died all of the sudden in February ’20, and he or she examined optimistic for COVID-19 in late ’21, amongst different ups and downs all through a season dismantled by the pandemic. As she enters her third Games, Shiffrin says her views on how she defines Olympic success have modified.

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Ryan Cochran-Siegle

Age: 29
Hometown: Starksboro, Vt.

Cochran-Siegle hails from a snowboarding household, as his mom Barbara Ann received gold at the 1972 Winter Games in slalom. However not like the remainder of his aunts, uncles and cousins, he focuses on velocity occasions (downhill and super-G), in addition to the big slalom. Cochran-Siegle had a breakthrough second at the World Cup in December ’20, ending second in a downhill earlier than happening to win the Bormio super-G. All of it got here to a halt when he fractured his neck in a crash in Kitzbühel, Austria, in January ’21. However he has since recovered and goals to carry dwelling a second Olympic medal for the Cochran household. 

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PARA ALPINE SKIING

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Andrew Kurka

Age: 30
Hometown: Palmer, Alaska

Kurka returns for his third Paralympics after successful a gold and silver medal in 2018. Although he began in wrestling and have become a six-time Alaska state champion, Kurka has cemented himself as a pressure in alpine snowboarding, successful 4 World Championship medals since he first competed in ’13. He documents his monoskiing adventures on his Youtube channel, together with his record-breaking experience on the North Face of Mt. Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska, the place Kurka grew to become the first particular person in a monoski to take the plunge down the Christmas Chute, the mountain’s steepest, deepest terrain that includes a 1,500-foot-vertical, 45-degree-plus chute.

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Thomas Walsh

Age: 26
Hometown: Vail, Colo.

A childhood buddy of Shiffrin’s, Walsh started snowboarding at 2 and began ski racing at 5. In 2009, Walsh underwent therapy for Ewing’s sarcoma, a uncommon type of bone most cancers. After therapy, he was declared cancer-free 14 months later and completed fifth in slalom at the ’18 Games. Throughout his restoration, he attended Inexperienced Mountain Valley Faculty earlier than heading to Savannah Faculty of Artwork and Design, the place he studied performing arts. Now, he is eyeing a second Paralympics triumph.

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PARA NORDIC SKIING

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Oksana Masters

Age: 32
Hometown: Louisville

Born in Ukraine, Masters got here to the U.S. at 7, affected by disabilities on account of start defects from the Chernobyl Nuclear catastrophe. Masters made her Paralympic debut in rowing in London 2012 after which returned to compete in cross-country snowboarding in Sochi ’14 after simply 14 months of coaching in the Winter Games occasion. Quick ahead and Masters is now a 10-time Paralympic medalist throughout 4 sports activities. She is going to goal for extra gold after nabbing two in PyeongChang and Tokyo (for biking) every.

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Dani Aravich

Age: 25
Hometown: Boise, Idaho

Born with out her left forearm, Aravich completed tenth in the cross-country T47 400 meters final yr in Tokyo. Now, simply six months later, she’ll make her Winter Games debut, after she caught the consideration of a U.S. Paralympic Nordic Ski coach who invited her to a coaching camp in 2019, which sparked her preparation for Beijing. Earlier than she transitioned to coaching for the Games on a full-time foundation in ’20, Aravich labored as a group relations affiliate with the Utah Jazz.

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CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING

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Jessie Diggins

Age: 30
Hometown: Afton, Minn.

In PyeongChang 2018, the Minnesotan made historical past as she and teammate Kikkan Randall championed their strategy to Team USA’s first ever gold medal in cross-country snowboarding, becoming a member of 1976 Winter Olympics silver medalist Invoice Koch as the solely People to make the podium in the sport. In January 2021, Diggins captured the most prestigious particular person title of her profession, changing into the first American to win the multistage Tour de Ski. And there’s extra to Diggins than her athleticism and accolades. In her e-book Courageous Sufficient, she particulars her profession journey and opens up about the consuming dysfunction she suffered as an adolescent. 

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Hailey Swirbul

Age: 23
Hometown: El Jebel, Colo.

A 3-time medalist at the Junior World Championships, Swirbul is making her Olympic debut in Beijing. The 2020–21 season was a breakout yr for the cross-country skier, as she made her first World Cup podium with a third-place end in the 10-kilometer freestyle race in Davos, Switzerland, and earned a spot on the 4×5-kilometer relay workforce that positioned fourth at the ’21 World Championship in Oberstdorf, Germany. Swirbul is a very robust skier at altitude, which can give her a leg up on an Olympic course that has an unusually excessive elevation. 

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FREESTYLE SKIING

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Winter Vinecki

Age: 23
Hometown: Gaylord, Mich.

Don’t let her younger age (or the undeniable fact that she’s a first-time Olympian) idiot you—Vinecki is extra completed than most 23-year-olds. At 14, Vinecki grew to become the youngest runner to complete a marathon on all seven continents. Three-time Olympian Emily Cook dinner recruited her for aerials, the place she’ll be a powerful contender in Beijing. However whereas the younger star is athletically completed, she additionally based Team Winter, a nonprofit for prostate most cancers analysis in honor of her late father who died from the illness.

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Alex Corridor

Age: 23
Hometown: Park Metropolis, Utah

An Alaska native who grew up in Switzerland, Corridor pulled off a dramatic win at the Grand Prix occasion in Mammoth, Calif., solidifying his spot on a second Olympic workforce. A scholar at the College of Utah, Corridor is a high medal contender in the slopestyle and massive air occasions for this yr’s Games after inserting sixteenth in slopestyle in PyeongChang. Identified for his large tips and trendy strikes throughout competitions, Corridor is primed to placed on a podium-worthy efficiency in Beijing.

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SLED HOCKEY

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Declan Farmer

Age: 24
Hometown: Tampa

Born a bilateral amputee (his proper leg above the knee and his left under), Farmer has performed sled hockey since he was 9 and made his first U.S. nationwide workforce at 14. In PyeongChang, Farmer scored the game-tying purpose with 37 seconds left in regulation and the winner in extra time towards rival Canada to earn Team USA a 3rd consecutive gold medal. After graduating from Princeton with a level in economics in 2020, Farmer helped the U.S. beat Canada once more in June ’21, this time for a second straight world championship. A 3-time Paralympian, Farmer will strive for a fourth-straight win in Beijing, the place a rematch with Canada is probably going in the playing cards for the U.S.

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