The 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea are almost here, and we’re stoked that more than 30 athletes representing Team USA and other nations hail from the wonderful state of Colorado. In fact, the Centennial State has bragging rights to the most Olympian athletes coming from any US state. Unsure who to watch for? We’ve listed all the Coloradan athletes here by sport so you can root for an athlete from your hometown. Olympic coverage begins Thursday, February 8 (figure skating) and the official opening ceremony will air on Friday, February 9 at 6 p.m. MST on NBC (the real ceremony starts at 4 a.m. MST live in PyeongChang, but we doubt you’ll want to wake up that early). For the full schedule of events, visit NBC’s website.

Alpine Skiing

Mikaela Shiffrin via Facebook

David Chodounsky

Hometown: Crested Butte
Age: 33
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: Coached alongside Lindsey Vonn, Chodounsky began ski racing at age seven and has been a dynamite athlete ever since. His disciplines in Alpine skiing include slalom and giant slalom events.

Wiley Maple

Hometown: Aspen
Age: 27
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Maple may be new to the Olympics, but that doesn’t slow him down. His main disciplines in alpine skiing include speed events such as Super G and downhill.

Alice McKennis

Hometown: New Castle
Age: 28
Prior Olympic experience: Vancouver 2010
Bio: As a World Cup Alpine ski racer, McKennis is not new to speed events, and we’re glad to see this athlete performing in Super G and downhill events again after recovering from a bad crash in March 2013.

Mikaela Shiffrin

Hometown: Eagle-Vail
Age: 22
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: You’ve probably seen her in ads on TV, but there’s a reason this gold medalist from Sochi is Vail’s sweetheart alongside Lindsey Vonn. As the youngest athlete ever to win a gold medal in slalom, Shiffrin doesn’t let the fame get to her, and we’re excited to watch her crush this year’s events and represent Colorado again for Team USA.

Lindsey Vonn

Hometown: Vail
Age: 33
Prior Olympic experience: Salt Lake City 2002, Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010
Bio: Returning for her fourth Olympic season, Vonn is a name you’ve likely heard of and she recently earned a commercial slot during the Super Bowl to emphasize her awesomeness. With a gold medal in downhill and a bronze in Super G from 2010, this beloved Vail skier showcases finesse in Colorado’s favorite pastime and is back from injuries that caused her to miss most of the 2013 season and almost all of the 2014 season. We are rooting for Lindsey since she’s clearly capable of anything. This girl really is on fire.

Biathlon

Joanne Reid

Hometown: Boulder
Age: 25
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Reid is pumped for the Olympics, and we’re psyched to have her. This young athlete from Boulder is related to five-time 1980 Olympic speed skating champion Eric Heiden (her uncle), so dominating in winter sports clearly runs in the family. As the only athlete from Colorado on Team USA’s biathlon team, we know she’ll make us proud.

Bobsled

Nate Weber via Facebook

Lauren Gibbs

Hometown: Denver
Age: 33
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: She’s from Denver, which means this Colorado bobsledder is one of our new favorites to look out for. Gibbs left a job as a sales manager to try out for the US Bobsled Team in 2013, and we’re glad she did since it earned her a bronze medal at World Championships in 2016 and now she’s going to PyeongChang.

Nathan Weber

Hometown: Pueblo West
Age: 31
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Weber is definitely not afraid of a little action since he’s actually a Sergeant First Class in the US Army and is an active duty Green Beret. This new Olympian has been training extensively and we know it’s going to pay off.

Cross-Country Skiing

Simi Hamilton via Facebook

Simi Hamilton

Hometown: Aspen
Age: 30
Prior Olympic experience: Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014
Bio: This born-and-raised Aspen native is returning to get a medal during his third Olympic run, and we’re excited to witness his enthusiasm for cross-country skiing, a difficult sport that we’re sure isn’t easy.

Noah Hoffman

Hometown: Aspen
Age: 28
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: Born in Denver, but raised in Aspen, Hoffman has called Colorado home all his life, and we’re happy to see him return to the Olympics for round two alongside Hamilton. This cross-country skier is known for his agility in the sport.

Freestyle Skiing

Gus Kenworthy via Facebook

Casey Andringa

Hometown: Boulder
Age: 22
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Andringa is actually a drummer in the local band Salty, and this is his first Olympic run for moguls. He also went to the University of Colorado Boulder and studied marketing. Maybe you’ve seen him around town before.

Aaron Blunck

Hometown: Crested Butte
Age: 21
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: Participating in halfpipe, Blunck was barely 18 years old when he competed in Sochi. His freestyle skiing career is just beginning to take off, and we’re sure that he’s psyched to be going to PyeongChang.

Alex Ferreira

Hometown: Aspen
Age: 23
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Another halfpipe Olympian, Ferreira isn’t as young as Blunck, but is starting his first Olympic season with experience skiing at X Games Aspen and the FIS World Cup. Born-and-raised in Aspen, Ferreira has been skiing all his life.

Tess Johnson

Hometown: Vail
Age: 17
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Johnson is going to turn 18 in June. But if you think that’s impressive, she was named the youngest moguls athlete on the national team at 14 years old. This teenager is a firecracker, and we know she’ll make Colorado proud this year.

Gus Kenworthy

Hometown: Telluride
Age: 26
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: Performing in slopestyle and halfpipe, Kenworthy began skiing as soon as he could walk and it’s good news that he moved to Telluride from the UK since Team USA has more fun anyway. Kenworthy is also the first male action sport athlete to come out as gay, a decision that has been welcomed by the public.

Keaton McCargo

Hometown: Telluride
Age: 22
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: As a moguls athlete, McCargo is another brand new Olympian in South Korea this year, and we’re excited to see what she has in store. McCargo says she’s been skiing since age two, so she’s clearly had a lot of practice in the mountains of Telluride.

Torin Yater-Wallace

Hometown: Basalt
Age: 22
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: Yater-Wallace will also participate in halfpipe this year, and we’re amped to see him attempt a medal in the sport which earned him the title of the youngest medalist in Winter X Games history in 2011 when he earned a silver medal at X Games Aspen at age 15.

Ice Hockey

Nicole Hensley

Hometown: Lakewood
Age: 23
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: This goalie for Team USA Women’s Hockey grew up in Littleton and has been near Denver all her life. She has earned two gold medals at World Championships, so we’re sure she’s going to bring her A-game at this year’s games.

Troy Terry

Hometown: Highlands Ranch
Age: 20
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Born and raised in Highlands Ranch, Terry played for the Denver University Pioneers and he’s definitely one to watch during men’s hockey. We’re excited to see a member of a local team on the ice!

Nordic Combined

Bryan Fletcher via Facebook

Ben Berend

Hometown: Steamboat Springs
Age: 22
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Born and raised in Steamboat Springs, Berend is a new Olympian and is one of four Nordic combined athletes from the small Colorado ski town. A frequent competitor at World Championships, we’re excited to see what he has in store.

Bryan Fletcher

Hometown: Steamboat Springs
Age: 31
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: Just before he turned three years old, Fletcher was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, but didn’t give up his dreams. Growing up in Steamboat Springs, his parents wondered if he would ever ski, but Fletcher began ski jumping and Nordic combined while he was still battling blood cancer. Never giving up has earned him a bronze medal at World Championships, and he encourages others to continue the fight as co-founder of ccThrive, a charity that aims to help young cancer survivors thrive post-cancer. Fletcher is a top-notch athlete, and we’re proud he’s from the Centennial state.

Taylor Fletcher

Hometown: Steamboat Springs
Age: 27
Prior Olympic experience: Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014
Bio: Taylor Fletcher is the younger brother of Bryan Fletcher, and has also earned a bronze medal at World Championships. This Olympian is returning to the Winter Games for the third time, and just like his older brother, we’re ready to see him dominate a sport that clearly runs in the family.

Jasper Good

Hometown: Steamboat Springs
Age: 21
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Steamboat Springs sure is representing this year on Team USA for Nordic combined, and Good is the youngest member from Colorado heading to South Korea to compete in this category. We’re anxious to see his performance on the slopes.

Skeleton Racing

Katie Uhlaender

Hometown: Breckenridge
Age: 33
Prior Olympic experience: Torino 2006, Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014
Bio: Like Vonn, Uhlaender is an experienced Olympian and earned a bronze medal at Sochi in 2014 after the International Olympic Committee stripped two Russians of their medals for using performance-enhancing drugs. Growing up in Breck around many winter sports, Uhlaender says she’s always had a need for speed, and we can’t wait to watch this spunky, pink-haired skeleton racer fly to earn another medal this year.

Snowboarding

Arielle Gold via Facebook

Chris Corning

Hometown: Silverthorne
Age: 18
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: It’s the first time big air snowboarding will be included in the Olympic Winter Games, and Corning is stoked he was chosen for one of the remaining three spots left on Team USA’s snowboarding team after impressing judges with one giant jump. Named one of the sport’s rising stars to watch, we know Corning is going to put on a real show in PyeongChang and catch some serious air.

Mick Dierdorff

Hometown: Steamboat Springs
Age: 26
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Dierdorff’s event is snowboardcross, a snowboarding contest for four to six boarders on a rigorous course that includes jumps, and we’re psyched another Steamboat Springs athlete is going for the gold in this category. He hasn’t been in a lot of competitions, but Dierdorff is ready to show off his skill in the sport.

Red Gerard

Hometown: Silverthorne
Age: 17
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: As another young newbie to the Olympic Winter Games, Gerard, like Corning, hails from Silverthorne is ready to give snowboarding some air time. Gerard also competes in slopestyle.

Arielle Gold

Hometown: Steamboat Springs
Age: 21
Prior Olympic experience: Sochi 2014
Bio: With a name like Gold, it’s not hard to imagine why this halfpipe snowboarder is returning to the Olympic arena. She didn’t earn a medal in Russia, but did win the gold at World Championships in 2013 and competed again last year and earned fifth place. We’re hoping Gold earns a very special victory this year that will definitely be something to brag about.

Hagen Kearney

Hometown: Norwood
Age: 26
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Like Dierdorff, Kearney is competing in snowboardcross, but you’ll also find this snowboarder rocking out to metal music or at the skate park, which is where he learned the muscle movement for snowboarding. New to the Olympics, Kearney is stoked to prove himself and win a medal.

Jake Pates

Hometown: Eagle
Age: 19
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: This halfpipe snowboarder is also young, and like other members of Team USA, is eager to show the world what he’s made of. Like Kearney, Pates also has a passion for skateboarding and is ready to perform new tricks.

Meghan Tierney

Hometown: Eagle
Age: 21
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Tierney hails from outside Vail, Colorado like Pates and is the second female snowboarder to represent our state in PyeongChang. Tierney is competing in snowboardcross, and we’re looking forward to watching her catch powder.

Representing Other Countries

Rakai Tait via Facebook

Matt Leseur, Freestyle Skiing for Bermuda

Hometown: Vail
Age: 18
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: This Vail Valley mogul skier qualified to ski for Bermuda (where his father was born), and finished 29th in a world cup contest in Iceland. Leseur is young but honored to represent the tiny tropical island nation that doesn’t get a lot of winter Olympians.

Rakai Tait, Snowboarding for New Zealand

Hometown: Minturn
Age: 19
Prior Olympic experience: Newbie
Bio: Tait says that making the New Zealand team was a lot less stressful than competing for a spot on Team USA, and he’s excited to compete in his first-ever Olympic Games after extensive training. Tait has only lived in Vail Valley for four years (he lived in Switzerland with his parents growing up) but will represent his dad’s nationality.

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