by: Savannah Sousa and Kendall Hadfield
The 2018 Winter Olympics took place over the time 2/9/18 – 2/25/18 with 2,922 people participating in individual and team sports. The Olympics took place in Pyeongchang County, South Korea.
Lindsey Vonn – A contestant for alpine skiing from Vail, Colorado. She is a 4-time winter Olympian. Overall, she has 7 medals- 2 gold, 3 silver, and 2 bronze. She has 4 siblings, and loves spending times on other hobbies and hanging out with her family. In her recent race, she just received a bronze medal. She has powered through an injury to be present at these games and is proud of her bronze medal. She recently said, “My body just can’t — probably can’t take another 4 years.” This is most likely her last Olympic games.
Adam Rippon – a figure skating Olympian from Los Angeles, California. This is his very first competing in the Olympics, although he was an alternate for 2010. So far he has received a bronze medal. He is the only man to win back to back junior titles. He has been skating since he was 9 years old, however, he also enjoys running and hiking. He is also openly homosexual. He prides himself in the artistry of his performances and has been named “ The Prince “ of the Olympics.
Chloe Kim – a 17-year-old, snowboarding Olympian. She is originally from Long Beach but then moved to Torrance, California to further her career in snowboarding. This is her first time competing in the Winter Olympics and she earned her first gold medal. She is an official member of the ski and snowboard association. This Olympic game is special for Chloe Kim because her parents are of Korean descent. Also, she is fluent in Korean. Chloe Kim has become infamous for her love of food even tweeting about food in between competing. She is a normal relatable teen except the fact that she has a Gold medal.
Red Gerard – a 17-year-old snowboarder. He is from Silverthorne, Colorado. This is his first Olympics and first medal. He is famous for forgetting his jacket, having to borrow his roommates, waking up late, cussing on tv but still winning a gold medal. He is seen as a typical, relatable teen. He has 6 siblings and is the second to last youngest. He has learned to shine through snowboarding.
Mikaela Shiffrin. Her event is alpine skiing. She is 22 years old and from Vail, Colorado. She won gold in 2014 and 1 gold and 1 silver in 2018. At age 18 she became the youngest ever to win an Olympic gold medal in slalom. Her other hobbies are tennis and soccer. Mikaela is popular with marketing and has become a face for competitive skiing.
Nathan Chen – an 18-year-old figure skater, whose first time competing in the Winter Olympics. He was awarded a bronze medal for team skating. His hometown is Salt Lake City, Utah. He began skating at the age of 3 after watching his brothers play hockey. He holds the record for the number of quads in one performance despite no medal. He completed 6 quads. “Quads” are when a skater spins four times in the air. It is a nearly impossible feat.
Shaun White – a 4-time Olympian snowboarder, having 3 gold medals. His hometown is Carlsbad, California. He has also won 10 ESPY awards. Some of his hobbies include; surfing, hiking, and mountain biking. Shaun White is also famous for his clothing brand and skateboarding the brother of snowboarding. These Olympic games was a chance for the dad to show that he still had the chops and he did winning a gold medal.
Alex and Maia Shibutani- a sibling ice dance duo. Alex is 26 years old and Maia is 23 years old. Alex started ice skating at 7 and Maia started at age 4. They are two-time Olympians and have won two bronze medals in 2018, one in a team event and one in ice dance. They are famous for of course being siblings and their youtube channel. Every brother and sister wish they were as close and successful as the “shibsibs”.
Bradie Tennell – This is her first time in the Olympics and she received her very first bronze medal in ice skating. She is from Carpentersville, Illinois. She has also competed in the junior Olympic championship. Bradie enjoys cooking, skiing, and swimming in her off time. U.S.A looks forward to seeing her compete in the future.