The winter olympics are just around the corner and I’m as excited as ever! As I’m sure you know by now, I’m a big lover of outdoor sports, especially when the snow starts to fall. Here’s a list of some of the sports we’re going to be seeing this year at the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea and who to watch from Team USA.

Alpine Skiing
Alpine Skiing has a few different categories. Those are: downhill, combined, slalom, giant slalom, super-g, and team event. Mikaela Shiffrin is the athlete to watch. She won her first gold medal at the age of 18 and is back again this year to win it again. Lindsey Vonn will also be back again this year after suffering a few injuries.

Biathlon
The biathlon combines cross country skiing with marksmanship. Team USA has never won an olympic medal in this sport but the three time Olympian, Lowell Bailey, is up for the challenge this year. The woman to watch is Susan Dunklee, who earned herself a silver medal in the world championships last year.

Bobsled
Bobsledding, also known as bobsleighing, is a timed run down a narrow, twisting track of ice. Elana Meyers Taylor and her team are the USA team to watch this year.

Cross-Country Skiing
Cross-country skiing is almost like ice skating on the snow. Again, our women’s team is the one to watch this year with Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall, and Sadie Bjornsen.

Curling
One of the least exciting, but somehow most intriguing sports of the winter games is curling, where teams send a granite stone across the ice. Team USA hasn’t competed in over a decade, but this year four-time Olympian John Shuster will step up to the plate alongside his teammate Joe Polo. We’ll also see a set of siblings take the ice, Becca and Matt Hamilton.

Figure Skating
We all know what figure skating is, it’s a beautiful dance on the ice. The athletes to watch this year are Nathan Chen and siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani.

Freestyle Skiing
Freestyle skiing is both slopestyle and halfpipe. These sports were first introduced during the last winter games in 2014. Team USA has a number of athletes to watch this year, mainly Gus Kenworthy, Maddie Bowman, and Joss Christensen.

For more, check out my Part II blog