The 2018 Winter Olympics are fast approaching. The games, to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will award a record 102 gold medals in 15 disciplines across seven sports: biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating, and skiing. (In fact, Pyeongchang will be the first Winter Olympics in history to hold more than 100 medal events.) And as you might guess, many talented American athletes are preparing to compete in those events. About 240 of them, to be exact.
Curious about who made Team USA this year? Read on to learn about the athletes you’ll watch compete for the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
1. Lowell Bailey
- Sport: Biathlon
Lowell Bailey was the first U.S. athlete to officially qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to NBC Sports. He’s also the first biathlon world champion for the U.S. Additionally, Time reports that three-time Olympian will try to win the U.S.’s first-ever Olympic biathlon medal in Pyeongchang. Bailey earned Team USA’s highest-ever finish in the Winter Olympics sport when he achieved eighth place in the men’s 20-kilometer in Sochi in 2014. In 2017, Bailey won the U.S.’s first world championship gold medal, and he hopes to make history again in Pyeongchang.
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