Get ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics! The Opening Ceremony is this Friday, Feb 9, but competition begins on Thursday.
The U.S. women are in Pyeong Chang ready to compete - and once again, they look impressive. Make sure not to miss the women that everyone will be talking about this year.
Then tell us your favorite Olympian - past or current - and you'll be eligible to win a $25 Amazon gift card!
Mikaela Shiffrin is the reigning World Cup overall champion and the winner of the Olympic slalom gold in 2014. At 17, she became the youngest U.S. woman to win an Alpine world championship. Fun fact: Shiffrin is also known for the acronym ABFTTB (Always Be Faster Than The Boys), which is always written on her helmet.
Chloe Kim is making her Olympics debut, but is still considered the rider to beat in women's half pipe. She's a three-time X Games halfpipe gold medalist, 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games halfpipe and slopestyle gold medalist, and the first woman to land back-to-back 1080s in a halfpipe competition. Fun fact: Kim's almost playing a home crowd - her parents are originally from South Korea, and she still has family living there.
Lindsey Vonn became the first U.S. woman to win a downhill gold medal in the 2010 Olympics, but a knee injury prevented her from competing in 2014. Now back to re-capture her title, Vonn is the most decorated female Alpine ski racer in World Cup history, with more race victories and season titles than any other woman. Fun fact: Vonn has been featured on the cover of Glamour, Women's Health, People, Fitness, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and TV Guide, and yes, she's had a relationshop with Tiger Woods.
Elena Meyers Taylor is a decorated bobsled champion who won a 2010 Olympic bronze medal as brakeman, a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics as pilot and the first U.S. female bobsled driver to win a world championship. Fun fact: Meyers Taylor is a strong multi-athlete who was offered college scholarships for four sports: basketball, soccer, softball and track and field. She chose to play softball at George Washington University.
Bradie Tennell, Mirai Nagasu and Karen Chen are the three medalists at the 2018 U.S. National Figure Skating Championships. Only Nagasu has been to the Olympics before - in 2010, where she placed fourth. Though they seem to be somewhat overshadowed by the U.S. male figure skater Nathan Chen, we know there is always hope for the women's skating team. Fun fact: Mirai Nagasu is the second U.S. woman to land a triple Axel in international competition, after Tonya Harding.
This is the third paralympics for Danelle Umstead, who won has won three bronze medals already. A true inspiration, Umstead is blind and living with multiple sclerosis. But she's back for her last Olympics, skiing with her husband Rob as her sighted guide. Fun fact: Umstead's a mom too - to 10-year-old Brockton.
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Figure skating !
Karen Chen is my favorite Olympian! She is so graceful, powerful, and beautiful on the ice.
Caitlyn Jenner( Bruce Jenner) She set a world record in the decathlon at the 1976 Summer Olympics.
I think the only thing worth watching is the snow sports, why else do we have winter Olympics if not to play in snow?! Shaun White and Lindsey Vonn are top 2 contenders in my head!
Mikaela Shriffin all the way
I love Lindsey Vonn. She is AMAZING!
Christy yamaguchi one of my favorite skater ever
Shaun White !
I'm inspired by Erin Jackson, the speed skating "newbie". I'm excited to watch her improve and wish her a bright future!
Love Lindsey Vonn and he determination!
EZ...Lindsey Vonn...she medaled in what is likely her last big go around...good for her and for us. How is that? Thanks so much for asking.
I don't really have a favorite Olympian but I do love watching figure skating.