7 Women You Should Definitely Root For During The 2018 Winter Olympics


Team USA is bringing back some legends, as well as introducing some wunderkinds, at the upcoming games in PyeongChang. Here's just some women to keep an eye on.

The time for getting a lil' choked up when the Olympic theme song plays is nearly upon us, with the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, going down on February 9.

And while every iteration of the games brings a fresh batch of awe-inspiring superwomen along with it, this year in particular is boasting some exceptional talent, ready to carve up the ice, speed down some slopes, and generally conduct gravity and physics-defying feats of athleticism. 

Check the schedule here, and keep your eye out for these wonder women accordingly.

Chloe Kim, 17

This phenom made history at age 14 by becoming the youngest medalist ever at the X Games, and she actually would've qualified for the Sochi games that year, but she was too young.

In other words: She's wildly talented, and she's a heavy favorite at the PyeongChang games.

Elana Meyers Taylor, 33

Not only is Meyers Taylor the pilot of the USA female bobsled team, but she recently announced that she would be donating her brain to concussion research after she passes. 

“Women are largely unrepresented in brain donations. And concussions affect women more than men, so they need to get research out,” Meyers Taylor told USA TODAY. So cool.

Mirai Nagasu, 24
Figure skating

Nagasu made her Olympic debut at age 16 in Vancouver, but missed qualifying for the 2014 Sochi games. Now, she's back with something to prove—and also the skills to back it up.

She's the second US woman to ever land a triple axel in competition, after Tonya Harding landed one in 1991.

Maame Biney, 18
Speed skating

Biney has made history by becoming the first black female speed skater to qualify for the Olympics, and she just so happens to be one of the youngest athletes competing, too.

She's also got the best laugh.

Mikaela Shiffrin, 22
Alpine skiing

Shiffrin is the best female Alpine ski racer in the world. Her nickname is also allegedly "Sir Naps A Lot," logging at least 10 hours of sleep a night on average.

Lady knows how to self-care AND bring the heat.

Lindsey Vonn, 33
Alpine skiing

The history-making gold medal Olympian is back at it after having to sit out the 2014 games in Sochi.

On top of slaying it on the slopes, she released clothing collab with Under Armour at the end of last year and is also busy running a community platform aimed at providing greater opportunities for young girls called the Lindsey Vonn Foundation.

Amanda Kessel, 26

Kessel is the highest-paid player in the National Women's Hockey League and was one of the leaders of the US women's team fight for equal pay. 

Which they won. She's a fierce fighter in and outside the ring, in other words.

Words: Deena Drewis
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