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Ten Athletes to Follow at PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Ten Athletes to Follow at PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games

Posted by Miguel Ernesto on December 21, 2017

The 23rd Winter Olympic Games will take place in Pyeongchang, February 9-25, 2018. This will be the third time that an Asian city hosts the event, in which athletes from about 90 countries will compete in 15 disciplines.

The event has been surrounded by several controversies, including the absence, for the first time since 1998, of NHL stars, as the US league did not reach an agreement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for this organization to pay the participation insurance of the players.

Another hot topic was the suspension of Russia, accused of organizing a collective doping program at the Sochi Games. Moscow has vehemently denied this; but the government, perhaps to avoid complications with the soccer World Cup, opted not to boycott this winter event and will allow its athletes to contest under the IOC flag.

Canada and the United States are the main favorites of the continent, although 10 Latin American and Caribbean nations will have at least one representative in Pyeongchang. Which athletes should we pay more attention to? PanamericanWorld has prepared a list of 10 athletes that will try to climb to the top of the podium in the South Korean city.

Mikael Kingsbury (Canada)

This free-style skier, 25 years old, from Deux-Montagnes, Québec, won the silver medal at the Sochi Games, where he was the favorite, but was overtaken by his countryman Alexandre Bilodeau, who decided to back out after that competition. Kingsbury’s curriculum has two world titles and between 2015 and 2016 he won seven World Cup events in a row. "It's good to be the king," reads the slogan of a good luck shirt that this athlete always wears, undoubtedly one of Canada's greatest hopes in Pyeongchang.

Tessa Virtue y Scott Moir (Canada)

This spectacular duo of ice dancers won the Olympic title at the Vancouver Games in 2010. Four years later, they finished second in Sochi, both in ice dance and in the collective event. Now they will arrive in excellent shape at these Games, after winning their third world championship.

Charles Hamelin (Canada)

Hamelin, a 33-year-old three-time Olympic champion, will compete for the fourth time in the Winter Games. This short track sprinter has proven, throughout history, to be very successful, both in individual events and in relays.

Kaillie Humphries (Canada)

Humphries has won two consecutive Olympic titles in bobsled. He triumphed in Vancouver and repeated in Sochi. Now, at the age of 32, this athlete, from Calgary, will look for the triplet. If we take into account the results in the season (finished second in the World Championship and in the World Cup standings), then it is logical to be considered one of the big favorites.

Marie-Philip Poulin (Canada)

The women's ice hockey tournament may attract more attention than men's because the best players will be in these Games. Meanwhile, the NHL stars will continue their season in the United States. The Canadian team is the main candidate for the title. On the roster of Canadian team, its captain stands out, Marie-Philip Poulin, famous for scoring goals in decisive moments, since she scored the two goals that gave the Olympic gold in Vancouver and Sochi, she scored the winning goal in overtime. It is no coincidence that they call her the "female version of Sidney Crosby". 

Mikaela Shiffrin (United States)

This alpine skier made history in Sochi, becoming the youngest Olympic slalom champion of all time. She has had a great season with several wins in World Cups and is one of the favorites to win two medals in PyeongChang.

Lindsey Vonn (United States)

Four years ago, the Olympic downhill skiing champion in Vancouver could not defend her title, due to knee surgery. The injuries have continued to hit Vonn, but she has managed to recover again, surely she will dispute Shiffrin the crown in the South Korean city.

Elana Meyers Taylor (United States)

Few athletes have as much Olympic experience in Bobsled as Meyers, who won bronze in Vancouver and improved to silver in 2014. Today she is considered the best driver in the world and will try to become the first American to obtain the title in this specialty that debuted in Winter Olympic Games in 2002.

Jessie Diggins (United States)

In cross-country skiing the hopes of the United States are centered on Diggins, who won two victories in World Cups this season and will try to make history, because an American athlete has never before won an Olympic crown in this modality.

Maddie Bowman (United States)

This freestyle skier won the Olympic gold in Sochi. Her record includes medals won in eight appearances in the X Games. Knee injuries have bothered her for a long time, but in PyeongChang she will fight to hold her crown.

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