9 US Athletes to Watch in the 2022 Winter Olympics

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9 US Olympians to Watch in the

 2022 Winter Olympics

 

Abby Roque, Hockey

One of the most decorated college hockey players in recent history, Roque will be making her Olympic debut in Beijing for the 2022 Winter Olympics. Originally from Michigan, she currently plays for team Minnesota in the PWHPA.

Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing

Receiving her first gold medal at age 19 during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Mikaela brings fierce competition to the Alpine Skiing sector of the 2022 Olympics. With two Olympic gold medals and four 2021 World Championship medals, she is one of the top skiers to watch in Beijing.

Vincent Zhou, Figure Skating

Zhou began skating at age 5 and has since won over ten medals across various skating competitions. He finished 6th place at PyeongChang Winter Olympics and is aiming higher for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Chloe Kim, Snowboarding

Chloe Kim is originally from sunny Long Beach, California but has been tearing up the snowy slopes in the mountains of California since age 4. Competing since age 6, she has won six X-Games gold medals and is the first woman to received two gold medals at the Winter Youth Olympic Games. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she became the youngest woman to win Olympic gold when she took the gold at the women’s snowboard halfpipe at just 17 years old. 

Alysa Liu, Figure Skating

This 16-year-old prodigy was a two-time national figure skating champion by age 13. She is also the 2021 CS Lombardia Trophy holder. Her talent is so great, even Tara Lipinski has called her “the future of U.S. women’s skating.”

Toby Miller, Snowboarding

Toby Miller is an 18-year-old snowboarder who has been mentored by the renowned Shaun White. Toby has been gaining attention in the snowboarding world for several years, receiving USASA National titles and big-time sponsorship deals at the young age of 13. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be Toby’s first. 

Nathan Chen, Figure Skating

Originally from Salt Lake City, Chen entered his first skating competition in 2003 at the age of 4. A three-time world champion, a 2018 Olympic bronze medal and an additional nine medals from several other skating competitions are what Nathan Chen brings to the 2022 Olympics. 

Red Gerard, Snowboarding

Winning the gold medal in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics at the age of 17, Red Gerard became the youngest American man to win gold at the Winter Olympics since 1928. 

Erin Jackson, Speedskating

Erin Jackson was born in Ocala, Florida where she discovered figure skating at 8 years old. She has since gone on to inline skating, roller derby and speedskating. She qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics with only four months of experience in speedskating on ice.

A Look Back at Celebrated Winter Olympians Throughout the Years

Lindsey Vonn – Alpine Skiing, Gold 2010

Lindsey took home gold for downhill skiing and bronze in the Super-G portion of Alpine skiing at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Apolo Ohno – Short Track Speed Skater, Gold 2002 & 2006

Apolo competed in three Olympics and won eight Olympic medals in total (two gold, two silver, four bronze). He was inducted into the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019 and his skates are on display at the Smithsonian.

Sarah Hughes – Singles Figure Skating, Gold 2002

Sarah Elizabeth Hughes was a Team USA Olympic Figure Skater. She won gold in Salt Lake City after she launched herself from fourth place to win the gold with one of the biggest upsets in Olympic figure skating history.

Team USA – Hockey, Gold 1980

Known as the greatest upset in Olympic history, the “Miracle on Ice” game during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York made history that won’t soon be forgotten. The game was played between the hosting United States and the Soviet Union with the Soviet Union expected to dominate. With seconds to go, the United States’ Olympic Hockey Team defeated the Soviet Union with a final score of 4-3 in an unbelievable play.

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