XXIII Olympic Winter Games Preview

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The world may be experiencing a variety of controversial issues, but one thing is certain, the 2018 Winter Olympics will take place as planned between February 9-25 in PyeongChang, South Korea.
 
These Games have been full of drama since the venue was announced back in 2011.  At the end of 2017 the USOC questioned the security of our athletes with the incendiary rhetoric going back and forth between the White House and North Korea and there was some talk about the possibility of the US not sending a team.  
 
More recently, however,  things have appeared to calm down after the announcement that South and North Korean athletes will participate in the Games under one Korean Unification flag.  It was also announced that the women hockey athletes will join forces to form a unified hockey team. In all other sports, there will be separate North and South Korean teams
 
These Games will make history by featuring 102 events in 15 sports.  This surpasses the previous count of 100 events.  Ninety-two nations will field 95 teams. 
 
The USA team consists of 242 athletes the most of any other nation.  Of that number, we have singled out 11 women athletes, along with the women’s ice hockey team listed below, whom we feel will be stand-outs during the Games. We will be featuring these athletes, along with the other female athletes on the team in regular weekly updates during the Games so stay tuned! 
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Top 12 Women To Watch This Winter Olympics
(listed alphabetically, not in any particular order)

  1. Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding-Slopestyle – 2014 Olympic gold medalist, 12-time X Games medalist
  2. Maame Biney, Speedskating-Short track – U.S. Olympic Team Trials champion, Two-time Junior World Championships medalist
  3. Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing-Halfpipe – 2014 Olympic gold medalist, Eight-time X Games medalist
  4. Susan Dunklee, Biathlon – 2014 Olympian, 2017 World Championships silver medalist
  5. Erin Hamlin, Luge – 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, Two-time World Champion
  6. Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping – 2014 Olympian, 2013 World Champion
  7. Chloe Kim, Snowboarding-Halfpipe – 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games Champion, 2017 FIS World Cup Champion, Four-time X Games medalist
  8. Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsled – Two-time Olympic medalist, Four-time World Champion
  9. Mirai Nagasu, Figure Skating – 2010 Olympian, 2017 Four Continents Championship bronze medalist
  10. Maia Shibutani, Ice Dance – 2014 Olympian, 2017 World Championships bronze medalist
  11. Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing – 2014 Olympic gold medalist, Three-time World Champion
  12. U.S Women’s National Hockey Team – Have medaled in every Winter Olympics since the sport was introduced in 1998, Winners of every World Championship since the 2014 Olympics (2015, 2016, 2017), Roster boasts six two-time Olympians