A s the 23rd Winter Olympics gets underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, the largest contingent of athletes — 242 strong — hails from the U.S. At the Sochi Games four years ago, the Americans finished second in total medal count to Russia.
Four years later, with Russia sidelined by doping allegations, a handful of perennial cold-weather-sport powerhouses — among them Norway, Germany and Canada — will vie with the U.S. for the top medal count.
America’s road to medal count victory will likely be paved by American women, including Alpine skiing star Mikaela Schiffrin, a deep line-up of female snowboarders and freestyle skiers and the always-strong women’s hockey team. On the men’s side, figure skater Nathan Chen is a favorite, and the guys from the ski and snowboard teams are poised to get on the podium.
Before the Games begin, get to know 28 members of Team USA’s Winter Olympics squad. You’ll be seeing them on TV very soon.
Chris Mazdzer, Luge, Saranac Lake, N.Y., third Olympics
Lowell Bailey, Biathlon, Lake Placid, N.Y., fourth Olympics
Karen Chen, Figure Skating, Fremont, Calif., first Olympics
Susan Dunklee, Biathlon, Barton, Vt., second Olympics
Red Gerard, Snowboarding, Silverthorne, Colo., first Olympics
Troy Terry, Ice Hockey, Highlands Ranch, Colo., first Olympics
Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping, Park City, Utah, second Olympics
Kikkan Randall, Cross-Country Skiing, Anchorage, fifth Olympics
John Daly, Skeleton, Smithtown, N.Y., third Olympics
Hagen Kearney, Snowboarding, Norwood, Colo., first Olympics
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alpine Skiing, Vail, Colo., second Olympics
Hilary Knight, Ice Hockey, Sun Valley, Idaho, third Olympics
Matt Hamilton, Curling, McFarland, Wis., first Olympics
Gus Kenworthy, Freestyle Skiing, Telluride, Colo., second Olympics
Erin Hamlin, Luge, Remsen, N.Y., fourth Olympics
Chloe Kim, Snowboarding, Torrance, Calif., first Olympics
Brittany Bowe, Speedskating, Ocala, Fla., second Olympics
Alex andMaia Shibutani, Figure Skating, Ann Arbor, Mich., second Olympics
Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing, Park City, Utah, fourth Olympics
Jessie Diggins, Cross-Country Skiing, Afton, Minn., second Olympics
Nathan Chen, Ice Skating, Salt Lake City, first Olympics
Matt Antoine, Skeleton, Prairie du Chien, Wis., second Olympics
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., second Olympics
Elana Meyers Taylor, Bobsled, Douglasville, Ga., third Olympics
David Wise, Freestyle Skiing, Reno, second Olympics
Joey Mantia, Speedskating, Ocala, Fla., second Olympics
Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing, South Lake Tahoe, Calif., second Olympics
Kelly Clark, Snowboarding, Mammoth Lakes, Calif., fifth Olympics