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Chris Matheny (12) cheering on the US team while watching the Olympics.

Chris Matheny (12) cheering on the US team while watching the Olympics.

Chris Matheny (12) cheering on the US team while watching the Olympics.

Chris Matheny (12) cheering on the US team while watching the Olympics.

Carley Beam, Staff Reporter

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The 2018 Winter Olympics have officially begun, and all eyes are on the United States’ teams. The American teams have always been successful, but this year there are a few especially talented athletes competing for the gold. Lindsey Vonn and Mikaela Shiffrin are two alpine skiers who are sure to be top competitors this year. Also in the snow is Jamie Anderson, a snowboarder who is not new to the Winter Olympics. She earned a gold medal in the slopestyle snowboarding event in Sochi and she has not slowed down since, earning gold and silver at the annual Winter X Games in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

On the ice, the US women’s hockey team has especially high hopes for this year’s competition, especially captain Meghan Duggan. Duggan is out for revenge this year after two consecutive losses to Canada in the women’s hockey game. The competition of these rival teams will surely draw in many viewers. The US figure skating team this year is also looking for gold. Nathan Chen, Adam Rippon, and Bradie Tennell are all considered top competitors in the figure skating event this year. Also on the skates is Maame Biney, competing in the speed skating event. She is the first African-American woman to qualify for a US speed skating team. She moved to the US from Ghana at age five. Clearly, hard work has paid off for the young Olympic athlete and her future is clearly bright. Rounding out the top ten list of Olympic athletes to watch this year, Becca and Matt Hamilton are competing in the curling event. Senior Chris Matheny said, “I love watching the Winter Olympics because I think snowboarding and skiing are so cool. It’s awesome to see such talented athletes and countries competing against countries.” This year’s winter Olympics are sure to be a successful year for the United States.

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