U.S.A Olympic Preview

U.S.A Olympic Preview

Evan Hayek, Editor In-Chief

As February approaches, anticipation for the Winter Olympics builds.


This year’s games are being held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. For two weeks, athletes from 90 nations will compete, including Ecuador, Eritrea, Kosovo, Malaysia, Nigeria and, in their Winter Olympics debut, Singapore. .


Out of 15 sports, the US will be represented in all of them with a total of 133 athletes.


The American roster is full of incredibly talented athletes including many veterans, such as Lindsey Vonn (alpine skiing), Sean White (snowboard — halfpipe), and Shani Davis (speed skating).


However, It’s not just the vets who are looking to increase their medal count.


Plenty of Olympic rookies are competing in these 2018 games, too. Athletes such as Emily Dreissigacker (biathlon), Jaelin Kauf (freestyle ski), and Chloe Kim (snowboarding) are determined to make their mark in Pyeongchang.


Kim, just 17, has already proven herself to be a master of snowboarding, specializing in halfpipe, earning four X Games medals, three of them gold. The other, a silver, came when Kim was just 14 years old. Though halfpipe is debatably her best event, Kim also earned gold at the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympics for slopestyle in Lillehammer, Norway.


Another story from Team USA is that of figure skater Adam Rippon, the first openly gay male speed skater.


Rippon, who is competing in his first Olympics, has made the news recently after it was announced Vice President, Mike Pence, who’s known for his slightly anti-gay beliefs, would lead this year’s Olympic delegation.


“I would absolutely not go out of my way to meet somebody who I felt has gone out of their way to not only show that they aren’t a friend of a gay person, but that they think that they’re sick,” explained Rippon to USA Today.


Pence’s spokesperson denied any homophobic tendencies and refounded that Pence would back all athletes.


Concerning the competition, Russia will not have a team under their flag after a doping scandal was uncovered in late 2017. Russian athletes who were found not guilty will compete under the Olympic flag as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”


The events will be mostly aired on NBC and USA Network, so be sure to tune in to watch your nation compete for the gold!


Team USA plans to make a push for gold this winter.