Follow These 5 Standout Female Athletes on Team USA at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games
The 23rd Winter Olympic Games are set for February 8 – 25 in PyeongChang, South Korea. That’s nearly an entire month of the world’s best athlete’s competing! South Korea is half way around the world, 13 hours ahead of New York time. However, for the first time, the US will have access to live coverage of the Games instead of delayed replay. There will be competition in seven sports: biathlon, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating, and skiing; with 15 varied disciplines across all sports. There are 102 medals up for grabs!
Here are 5 female athletes on Team USA you should follow:
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
In 2006 she became the youngest Winter X-Games medalist, taking the bronze; and since then has established a track record as one of the best female snowboarders in the world. Today, she is the most decorated slopestyle athlete in Winter X-Games history with a total of 12 medals. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, she earned the gold medal for the inaugural women’s slopestyle event. In her second Olympic Winter Games, she will compete in slopestyle and big air. A chance to defend her title and compete in a new event. Jamie will start competing on February 10th.
Maame Biney, Short Track Speedskating
Biney is a strong favorite as last season she won bronze in the 500-meter at the world junior championships. At her first senior level world cup, last season, she was the overall winner. This season she has participated in four world cups and earned fifth and seventh-place finishes. Born in Ghana, she moved to the United States at age five to live with her father. He enrolled her in figure skating lessons, but she liked to skate too fast and quickly switched to speedskating. In December, the 17-year-old became the first African-American woman to make a U.S. Olympic speedskating team. Biney was quick to thank her father after qualifying for the Games, attributing much of her success and perseverance to him. Biney becomes only the second African-American speedskater to represent Team USA at the Olympics, following Shani Davis. Maame will start competing on February 10th.
Meghan Duggan, USA Women’s Hockey team
She has suited up for 8 World Championships, winning seven gold and one silver medal. Wearing the #10 jersey, she has played in two Olympics earning the silver medal each time. Meghan sets the tone as Captain of the team; which is currently ranked #1 in the world by the International Ice Hockey Federation. Their ultimate goal is ending the 20 year drought by winning Olympic gold at the 2018 Winter Games. Nearly 20 years ago, the Women’s team fought for a pay raise and perks typically only given to the Men’s team; and lost. In 2017, the team made headlines as they threatened to boycott the World Championships (hosted in the USA) and endured nearly a year of negotiation to win equality. Meghan and the team will start competition against Finland on February 11th.
Becca Hamilton (Team Hamilton), Curling // Mixed Doubles
Becca is a two-time U.S. junior national champion, 2014 U.S. Women’s national champion and has competed in two World Women’s Championships. Not only did she qualify to compete in the women’s division, but this year is the Olympic debut of mixed doubles curling, and she qualified for that division too! In 2017, the brother-sister team of Becca and Matt Hamilton won the 2017 National Championship. They began their Olympic journey with a bumpy start at 0-3, but Team Hamilton rallied back with to take the 6-4 lead for the win. She will also be competing on Team Roth and Team Hamilton. Becca will start competing on February 8th.
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing
In 2013, she was the first non-European skier to win four world cup slalom races in a single season. She is the youngest athlete (male or female) to win an Olympic slalom gold medal. Shiffrin has 30+ career wins, the second most World Cup victories of a U.S. woman, and she is only 22 years old! Recently, she became the first woman to win three consecutive slalom world titles in over 75 years. Mikaela will start competing on February 11th.
Grab the popcorn and get ready to cheer on these American women on to victory. If you’re like me and don’t have cable, NBC has the most extensive winter games with 24,000 hours of coverage to include web streaming; available across multiple networks (http://www.nbcolympics.com/ and the NBC Sports app).