The Olympics uphold so many critical, valuable components of life. Every 4 years, a divisive world joins together in harmony. Opposing nationalities put down their weapons and their caustic vitriol. They partake in a miraculously unifying event that upholds the very best human ideals. PyeongChang 2018 was a shining example of that. North and South Korea united – showing the world a substantially better version of the political chessboard. A record-breaking 102 events included the most daring aerial events ever seen at any Olympic Winter Games, and 2018 also saw the greatest number of women’s and mixed events in history.
Steven Nyman– Alpine Skiing
Four-time Olympian (2006, 2010, 2014 & 2018) Steven Nyman has an illustrious career. He started skiing at age 2 and was racing by age 8. Nyman and his 3 brothers chased each other all over the mountains teaching and pushing each other to different skiing heights.
Mikaela Shiffrin – Alpine Skiing
At age 18, Mikaela Shiffrin became the youngest athlete in history (male or female) to win an Olympic slalom gold medal. She represented the USA in Skiing at the 2014 and 2018 Olympics. Her 2017 FIS World Cup Standings are: 1st (overall, slalom), 2nd (giant slalom), 6th (combined).
Ashley Caldwell – Freestyle Skiing
Reigning women’s aerials world champion and Olympic veteran (2010, 2014 & 2018), Ashley Caldwell, led the 2018 PyeongChang team that included Kiley McKinnon and Madison Olsen. She won the 2017 world title and became the first woman to land a quadruple-twisting, triple flip, named “The Daddy.” Her greatest wish is that gender stereotypes be eradicated at Olympic level.
Gus Kenworthy – Free Skiing
Gus Kenworthy made history as one of the first two openly gay men to compete for the U.S. at the 2018 Winter Olympics. He qualified for PyeongChang – his second Olympic team – when he finished second at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain in California.
Nathan Chen – Figure Skating
Nathan Chen became the first man to complete six quads in a free skate. He went into the U.S. Nationals with tons of momentum, and cemented his place on the 2018 Olympic team with his second national title. He is the reigning U.S Champion and Four Continents Champion.
Mirai Nagasu – Figure Skating
Mirai Nagasu started skating when she was 5 years old in Pasadena, California. She said, “My goal is to accept any challenge that life throws me and to become a better person from each experience. I’m going to make mistakes and have success; I hope that under all circumstances, I can come away from everything as a role model and an inspiration.”
Shaun White – Snowboarding
4-time Olympian Shaun White has notched up a few gold medals. He holds the record for the most X-Games gold medals and he has won 10 ESPY Awards.
Lindsey Vonn – Alpine Skiing
Lindsey Vonn has compiled more World Cup wins—78—than any female ski racer in history. Although plagued by injuries that ended her 2013, 2014 and 2016 seasons prematurely, Vonn appeared to be on top of her game in 2017 until another training crash and a back injury in St. Moritz, Switzerland occurred 4 months ago. But later that month, she was back on top of the podium, winning in Val d’Isere. “I guess I’m not a washed-up old hag,” Vonn said after her victory.
Monique Lamoureux – Ice Hockey
Silver medalist Monique Lamoureux made history as the first identical twin (with sister Jocelyne) ever to play women’s ice hockey in the Olympics. She was originally named to the national team as a defenseman when she was 17. Her style of play is an aggressive one, which fits Team USA’s new philosophy of allowing anyone on a shift to jump into a play when they see an opening.