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New Events: There will be more than 100 medal events for
the first time in PyeongChang, with an increase from 98 in 2014 to
102. New to the program are Men's and Women's Big Air Snowboarding, Mass Start Speed Skating, an Alpine Skiing Team Event and Mixed
Doubles Curling. The Alpine Skiing Team Event, where racers from
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each country go head-to-head in parallel slaloms, is already a world
There are a total of 15 disciplines: Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bob- U.S. Olympic Hopefuls
Experts are predicting that the US might, for the first time, be
sled, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing,
Ice Hockey, Long Track Speedskating, Luge, Nordic Combine, Short able to top the medal standings at a Winter Olympics held outside
North America. According to NBC Sports Writer, Nick Zaccardi, there
Track Speedskating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, and Snowboarding.
are three primary reasons. First, the Winter Games are being held far
away from traditional European powers Germany and Norway. SecThe Olympic Qualifying Process
The selection procedures for each sport are developed by the Na- ond, rival Russia is dealing with a doping scandal that could limit (or
tional Governing Bodies in concert with the USOC, following param- eliminate) the participation of some of its stars. Third, there is a coneters set forth by each International Federation. Each sport will have tinued American stronghold on new freestyle events on the Olympic
a maximum number of participants, based on the Olympic Quota Al- program.
location List released by the International Ski Federation (FIS), which
Here are Just Some of Them!
will be published on January 22, 2018.
In collaboration between the US Olympic Committee and its Na- n Mikaela Shiffrin: Alpine Skiing - the youngest Olympic slalom
tional Governing Bodies, U.S. Olympic Team Trials are held in multiple champion in Sochi. In 2017, Shiffrin had an impressive season, grabsports prior to the upcoming Olympic Games, and allows athletes to bing six slalom victories, three giant slalom victories and one alpine
vie for the honoring of representing Team USA. Often, the Trials are combined victory. Add to that her third straight World Championship
the last stop in an athlete's journey to the Olympics, and also offer slalom title and a silver medal in the giant slalom in St. Moritz, Switzerfans an up-close experience with America's sports heroes before leav- land, along with her fourth career World Cup slalom title and her firstever Overall title, and it's quite clear that Shiffrin's dominance is
ing for the Olympics.
US Ski and Snowboard announced that the U.S. Olympic Team expected in PyeongChang. Mikaela was a recipient of the FWSA PresTrials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined will be held December ident's Award in 2013.
Sarah Hendrickson: Ski Jumping - the 2013 World Champion
30 - 31 at the Utah Olympic Park. Nordic Combined will be featured
on December 30 and Ski Jumping for both men and women will be and in 2014 became the first woman ever to jump at the Olympics.
on December 31. The winner of each event will receive a spot on the Sarah's 2011 World Cup victory in Lillehammer made her the first
U.S. Olympic Team, with the remainder of the ski and snowboard woman ever to win a World Cup ski jumping competition. Sarah was
teams named later in January. Up to a maximum of four Nordic Com- a recipient of the FWSA President's Award in 2012.
Lindsey Vonn: Alpine Skiing - the 2010 Olympic downhill chambined athletes and eight Ski Jumpers could be sent to PyeongChang.
Tiger Shaw, President and CEO, US Ski & Snowboard stated, pion and the female Alpine skier with the most wins in history. Lind"Our sport is fortunate to continue to take advantage of legacy opportunities sey missed the Sochi Winter Olympic Games due to a knee surgery.
nearly 16 years after the 2002 Olympics in Utah. The Utah Olympic Park However, she returned to the top of the podium again this past season
will be an amazing backdrop for our athletes in an event that will showcase after more knee and arm fractures. Lindsey was the recipient of the
2017 Bill Berry Award for her book "Strong is the New Beautiful: Emour sport nationwide on NBC."
Alpine Skiing could send a maximum of 22 Alpine skiers, with brace Your Natural Beauty, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power".
Maddie Bowman: Freestyle Skiing - the Sochi ski halfpipe chamup to two athletes in each event qualifying, Snowboarding could send
a maximum of 26 athletes, and Freestyle Skiing could send a maxi- pion. She has earned medals in all eight of her X Games appearances
mum of 30 athletes. Remaining quota spots will be filled based on an in Aspen and Europe, dating back to 2012, despite knee surgeries in
objective criteria used for these disciplines, and then at the discretion 2014 and 2015.
Jamie Anderson: Snowboarding - the Sochi slopestyle gold
of the coaching staff.
A maximum of 20 athletes could represent the U.S. in Cross- medalist. Jamie could go for two medals in PyeongChang, with the adCountry Skiing. Selecting the athletes for the U.S. cross-country team dition of Big Air to the Olympic program. There are two potential U.S.
will be based on Final World Cup standings and FIS point lists at the Olympic rookies that could provide some strong competition - Hailey
Langland and Julia Marino.
end of the 2016 -17 season.
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