10 babes to watch in the 2018 Winter Olympics
The Winter Olympics are just around the corner and, let’s just say, we’re pretty stoked.
There’s something about watching people go speeding down a mountain or off the edge of a half pipe at unreal speeds that is just mesmerizing. And then the figure skating. Oh, the skating. Hell, I even like curling. Chances are, if it’s a sport, I can get into it.
But I’m so excited for this year’s competition mainly because of these babes competing.
The ladies representing our country in the Winter Olympics are not only seriously badass, but the best of the best. Without further a due, meet the 10 female athletes in the 2018 Winter Olympics you’ll want to watch for.
Mikaela Shiffrin, Slalom Skiing
Inside arm forward, level shoulders, outside ski pressure… looks good on all accounts, put me in coach! • • • • • • • • • mood – 😒☹️🤦♀️🤦♀️🤦♀️ • • • • • • • • • On another note- there was some really incredible skiing out there today from a lot of girls. (@viktoria_rebensburg @ragmow @federicabrignone to name a few- congrats girls!!) Everybody is raising their level every race, every day- and that’s what sport is about. We push the limits, we get better; we fall, we get up; it’s never predictable, and no one is invincible…and THAT is flippin’ awesome. • • • • • • • • • Now I’m gonna go sulk some more k, bye. 🤷♀️🤜😒🤛
If you haven’t heard of this little spitfire, now’s the time you learn.
Shiffrin won the gold medal at 18 years old in Sochi, making her the youngest athlete ever to achieve this medal in the winter sport.
Now 22, she’s currently ranked number one in the world in slalom/alpine skiing and has 31 career wins at the World Cup, which is the second most World Cup victories by a female, falling behind Lindsey Vonn who has 77.
Not to mention – the chick has been on a freakin’ Wheaties box. Yeah, she’s legit.
Maame Biney, Speed Skating
What a weekend!! I’m still in awe that I’m going to the Olympics😱!! I want to start off by thanking God. I am so sure that none of this would have happened if it wasn’t for him. If God hadn’t given my dad the strength to wake up, and take me to practice, I wouldn’t be here today. I also want to thank God for giving me the passion to do this🙏🏾. Daddy. I know that I can be a pain at times and not appreciate what you’ve done for me. I do appreciate you. When I’m older I want to be just like you. Wanting to help people, having an amazing heart, being dedicated, and being the best parent ever. Scratching the surface to any one of those things would already make me a great person. Thank you for letting me push myself, Werid, right? But it worked. And b/c of you, I will keep pushing myself. Hehe I love you Daddy❤ This one is to my host family. Letting me stay with you guys for 6 months have been amazing! You guys have really made me feel like part of your family! Mrs. Melissa, you really have been a mother to me and I will forever love you and keep you close to my heart. Mr. Robert, hehe thank you for those Cafe Rio trips😂And Abby. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to become your big sister. Love you guys always and forever🧡 This one goes out to the whole skating community! You guys have made a huge impact on my dad and I. @dominionspeedskating I love you guys tons! We’ve been through so much together. Tears, laughter, and everything in between. I honestly can’t thank everyone who has helped us b/c there’s SOO many people. You guys know who you are😋much love💛 This last one is to my friends (from school) who got that I couldn’t do anything b/c I had a goal. I’m so happy that you guys didn’t abandon me😂. I love how you guys tried to understand. It really means a lot to me💚. Also, to my church family for praying for me for years!! Without your prayers for safe travels and successful competitions I honestly don’t believe that my dad and I would have made it this far💙 It’s been an amazing journey and I can’t wait to see what happens!! Hehe I’m super excited to go to PyeongChang, Korea and represent USA with the rest of the team🇺🇸🤟🏾😆!!
The 17-year-old (yes, she’s just 17) is seriously fierce and full of spirit.
Biney is one of the few Olympians who has already marked the history books. Biney swept the 500-meter races to become the first African-American woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic short-track speed skating team.
Biney also becomes the second African-born athlete (born in Ghana) to represent the U.S. at the Winter Olympics.
Chloe Kim, Snowboarding
We are so stoked to watch Kim for a few reasons.
First, she’s seriously so cute and so damn good at snowboarding. How good? This is not the first time she’s qualified for the Olympics. But you’re thinking — wait, I didn’t see her at Sochi? No, you didn’t. She qualified, but couldn’t compete because she was just 13 years old.
THIRTEEN. INSANE, right? The awe continues, though.
Before she turned 16 she was already a three-time X Game gold medalist and now (she’s 17) Kim could become the youngest American to win an Olympic medal in snowboarding.
And consider this – the 17-year-old is one of the few females to consistently land a 1080 and has landed 1080s back-to-back. Didn’t even know that was possible.
Let’s just say, standing at the top of the podium is a high possibility for Kim.
Erin Jackson, Speed Skating
OK, this Jackson is cool for so many reasons but can we start with this one – she’s only been speed skating for four months—the Florida native was previously an inline skater.
Beyond that, like Biney, Jackson also marks the history books before even landing in Pyeongchang. The 25-year-old is the first African-American woman to make Team USA’s long-track speed skating team.
Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsledding
Proud to announce that I will be representing @teamusa at the @pyeongchang2018 Olympic Winter Games with @lagibbs84 – 3rd times a charm! Tons of work to do- but we’re in for the fight! Thanks to everyone for all the support and love, including my sponsors @Comcast @deloitte @cocacola #CokeFamily @bridgestonetires @24hourfitness @proctergamble Let’s go! 💥 @usabs. 📸: @gettysport
Say hello to bobsledding’s fastest driver. And this is not nearly her first rodeo.
Meyers Taylor has worked her way up from a bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010, to a silver medal in 2014 in Sochi, so you know what she’s looking for in Pyeongchang.
After the World Cup in 2014, the four-man bobsled became gender neutral opening the door for Meyers to become the first U.S. female bobsled driver to win any kind of world championship by 2015.
Side note for the mushy: Meyers Taylor is married to fellow bobsledder Nic Taylor who proposed on the medal podium of the 2013 World Championships, after she claimed the silver medal! So cute!
Devin Logan, Freeskiing (Slopestyle & Halfpipe)
Dreams do come true! I am so honored and privileged to be able to make history and represent @teamusa in both halfpipe and slopestyle in Pyeongchang. All the hard work I’ve put in over the last 8 years to achieve this goal of mine has paid off. Thank you again to everyone that has been there along the way ❤🙏🏻 📷 @sarahannbrunson #neverstophavingfun
Logan’s got quite a few things going for her that bring her on to our top 10 list, but the No. 1 reason has to be this: The 24-year-old is the only female skier who will compete in two events – slopestyle and halfpipe.
She’s a heavy favorite to medal in both, and if she does, she’d be the first skier ever to take home hardware in the two freeskiing events at the Olympics.
Maddie Bowman, Freeskiing (Halfpipe)
Bowman snagged gold in 2014 in Sochi in the freeski halfpipe Olympic debut. Now, she’s aiming nothing short of that for Pyeongchang.
If she can qualify for Team USA and defend her title, she could become the first two-time female gold-medalist in freeskiing. And considering she just claimed her ninth X Games medal in superpipe, you know she’s going to come out guns blazing.
Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping
First off, can we just say how adorable Hendrickson is?! But don’t think the term adorable takes away any of her intensity on the snow.
Hendrickson came back from years of injuries against all odds and is now ready more than ever to bring home some hardware. And now, she’s got the odds behind her heading to Pyeongchang.
Also have you seen Molly’s Game?
The initial story behind the movie is true, but obviously Hollywood steps in a bit. Anyways, Hendrickson’s background (father and brother both competed, ski accident deterred her) totally reminds me of the movie.
I think Hollywood took Hendrickson’s story as inspiration because Molly’s crazy injury in the movie didn’t actually happen in real life. Spoiler, sorry.
Mirai Nagasu, Figure Skating
The 24-year-old comes in as the veteran of the female US Figure Skating team. And she’s not a veteran just because of her age.
Nagasu faced heartbreak in Sochi in 2014 and now she’s ready to fly. And let me tell you, the chick can fly. Nagasu is the only one competing who can land a triple axel and we seriously can’t wait to see her go for it.
She’s one of two American ladies to land it. The other? Tonya Harding.
Put it this way – she’s the only one you’ll see even try and hit it. Also, let’s get one thing straight – the whole female US figure skating team are babes – shout out to Bradie Tennell and Karen Chen, too!
Amanda Kessel, Hockey
Kessel is no stranger to the Olympics after helping the female USA hockey team bring home a silver medal in 2014 in Sochi. Unfortunately, in a pre-Olympic scrimmage prior to Sochi, Kessel suffered from a severe concussion.
She took a couple months off before competing in the Olympics and winning a silver medal, but her symptoms from the concussion creeped back with crippling effect. She had to take TWO YEARS off from the sport she loved.
Now, she’s back and better than ever and ready for her team to take home the gold.
You all know this fierce snow queen and if you don’t shame on you! Vonn narrowly missed our top 10, but mainly because we all know you will already be watching for her! Due to injury she didn’t compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, so you know we’re stoked to watch her come out and compete!
It’s amazing that we have so many fierce female competitors lining up for our country to display their skills in the 2018 Winter Olympics. And just think, we only listed 10 here for you!
Check out the Winter Olympics starting on Friday, February 9th and finishing up Sunday, February 25th.