With the Winter Olympics right around the corner, beginning this February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, excitement is starting to build as we wonder who will be competing next month. Here are just a few of the amazing female athletes competing for Team USA! Information about each athlete was found on the Team USA website, https://www.teamusa.org :
Mikaela Shiffrin: Alpine Skiing
Mikaela will be competing for team USA in the Alpine Skiing event. This will be her second Olympics at just 22 years old. In her first Olympic games, she earned a gold medal in the slalom event, and has been on a winning streak since the beginning of 2018 where she won her first five races this year, and has won a total of 41 events.
Kendall Coyne: Women’s Hockey
Kendall is one of the important offensive players on the Women’s Olympic Hockey Team. She led her team during the 2017-2018 season in points. At only five foot two, she is a decorated Olympian, where she earned a silver medal at the Sochi Olympics, and just recently earned gold at the 2017 World Championship.
Maame Biney: Short Track Speedskating
Maame is a first time Olympian, qualifying by winning the 500m at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at only 18 years old. Just recently making her debut into the sport, she switched from figure skating to speed skating when she was told she was going too fast for figure skating. She also has an academic goal of becoming a chemical engineer.
Elana Meyers Taylor: Bobsled
For Elana, this will be her third time competing in the Olympics. She received a Bronze Medal at the 2010 Olympics and a silver metal at the 2014 Olympics. She also just recently took gold at the 2017 World Championship. She is one of the most decorated women’s pilots for bobsled in the entirety of the sport.