Women To Watch Out For At The 2018 Winter Olympics
The 2018 Olympics are here and set to begin Friday with the opening ceremony in the host city of PyeongChang, South Korea. The schedule is jammed packed with exciting events, matchups and ceremonies up until Sunday, Feb. 25.
There have been so many female achievements in sports over the years and this year’s Olympics looks to be another promising event.
Here are some women athletes from Team U.S.A, both newcomers and defending champions that you’ll want to look out for:
Erin Jackson is the first black woman to make the Team U.S.A speed skating team.
Mikaela Shiffrin is ranked number one in the world for alpine skiing and was the youngest woman to win a gold medal in her event in the 2014 Winter Olympics and will be competing in this year’s games.
Chloe Kim is one of the youngest woman athletes in the entire 2018 Olympics at 17 years old. She is the only snowboarder to consistently land three spins in the air. Kim has won numerous gold medals in the X Games and is predicted to win a gold medal at this year’s Olympics.
Devin Logan is the only woman athlete at this year’s Olympics who could potentially compete in two events in the slopestyle and halfpipe for skiing.
Maddie Bowman could become the first two-time female gold-medalist in freeskiing ever if she wins this year.
Amanda Kessel is the highest-paid woman in the National Women's Hockey League and is competing on Team U.S.A this year.
Elana Meyers Taylor is considered one of the fastest bobsledders in the U.S. and will be competing for the sport’s first gold medal ever this year.
Maame Biney is the first black woman to qualify for the U.S.A Olympic Speed Skating team.
Sarah Henrickson was the first woman to ski jump in the 2014 Olympics and is back this year to do it again.
Kelly Clark holds the record as the youngest U.S. snowboarder to win an Olympic medal at 17 years old and is back to compete again this year.