Monday is National Siblings Day, and Team USA has no shortage of brothers and sisters who excel in their sports and represent their country at competitions all over the world.
Team USA could see a number of siblings traveling to PyeongChang, South Korea next year for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games, a group that includes Olympic veterans such as women’s ice hockey team members Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, to hopefuls trying to make their debuts.
Here’s a look at 12 sets of siblings who could compete for the United States next year.
Sarah and Taylor Anderson, curling
The twin sisters, 22, are already 2012 Youth Olympians, and now they’re looking for the full thing. They won their second consecutive junior national title in 2016 and went on to win silver medals at the world junior championships. Both students at the University of Minnesota, the natives of Broomall, Pennsylvania, are part of USA Curling’s High Performance Program and this year finished fifth at the U.S. championships. Sarah Anderson was the USA Curling Female Athlete of the Year in 2015.
Erik and Sadie Bjornsen, cross-country skiing
Erik, the younger of the two at 25, won the men’s national 50K title in 2016 and this year paired with Simi Hamilton to take fifth in the men’s sprint at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, the best finish ever by U.S. men in the event. Sadie, 27, paired with Jessie Diggins to win a bronze medal in the women’s sprint at the world championships and was 16th overall in the final world cup standings. The siblings from Winthrop, Washington, will both be trying to make their second Olympic teams in 2018.
Ben and Gabe Ferguson, snowboarding (halfpipe)
Ben, 22, won gold at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games halfpipe competition in 2012 but just missed making the 2014 Olympic team. He won his first-ever X Games medal in 2016, however, taking the silver. Gabe, 18, won the 2015 Rev Tour title, and the pair combined to win the first-ever doubles competition at the Red Bull Double Pipe in 2015.
|Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher pose for a portrait at the USOC Media Summit ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games on Sept. 29, 2013 in Park City, Utah.|
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, Nordic combined
Taylor beat out Bryan to make the 2010 Olympic team and compete in Vancouver, and then both brothers were there in 2014 in Sochi. Bryan finished 14th at this year’s world championships in the normal hill/10K, while Taylor was 21st in the same event. Bryan, 30, finished this season as the top-ranked American in the world cup standings, at No. 34, while Taylor, 26, was just behind him at No. 49.
Arielle and Taylor Gold, snowboarding (halfpipe)
Last month, 20-year-old Arielle led the U.S. women at the freestyle ski and snowboard world championships, finishing fifth overall. Arielle’s Olympic experience was cut short in 2014 when she injured her shoulder in practice and had to withdraw from the Games. Taylor, 23, who just missed the halfpipe final in Sochi in 2014, was out last season with a broken kneecap, but came back this year to win bronze at X Games Aspen.
|Becca and Matt Hamilton pose with their gold medals at the 2017 USA Curling Mixed Doubles National Championship on Marc 5, 2017 in Blaine, Minn.|
Becca and Matt Hamilton, curling
The siblings from McFarland, Wisconsin, toppled the reigning world bronze medalists to win the mixed doubles national title in March and not only qualified for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team Trials but also earned a spot in the upcoming world championships, beginning on April 22. Becca, 26, is a two-time junior national champion who also finished second at the U.S. championships and fifth at the women’s world championships in 2017, while Matt, 28, also a two-time junior national champion, was a member of the U.S. men’s national championship team this season that finished fourth.
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux-Morando, ice hockey
The 27-year-old twin sisters, who share a Facebook page with the handle @LamoureuxTwins, most recently added 2017 world champions to their already impressive résumés. With six world titles and two Olympic silver medals, they hope to add the one medal missing — Olympic gold — in PyeongChang next year.
Chris and Jon Lillis, freestyle skiing (aerials)
Jon, 22, scored the biggest win of his career last month, topping a field that included the two-time defending champion for his first international victory at the world championships. Younger brother Chris, 18, also had a big season and was named the FIS aerials rookie of the year. Both are hoping to make their Olympic debuts in 2018.
Adam and Ben Loomis, Nordic combined
Older brother Adam, 25, just competed in his second world championships in Nordic combined and finished 33rd in the normal hill/10K event. Ben, 18, transitioned to the senior team this year after a junior career that included a silver medal at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games.
|Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani hug after their free dance at the ISU Four Continents Figure Skating Championships at Gangneung Ice Arena on Feb. 17, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.|
Maia and Alex Shibutani, figure skating
The ice dance siblings won their second consecutive U.S. title this year and capped off the season with a bronze medal at the world championships, their third world medal. After placing ninth in their Olympic debuts in 2014, Maia, 22, and Alex, 25, are the United States’ top duo heading into 2018.
Brad and Bryon Wilson, freestyle skiing (moguls)
Bryon, 29, won the bronze medal in Vancouver in 2010 and then four years later Brad, 24, finished 20th in Sochi. Although both have had to deal with injuries the past few years — Bryon’s season was cut short from a knee injury in January — they are hoping to share in the Olympic experience in 2018.
Jeffrey and Nancy (Jr.) Swider-Peltz, long track speedskating
Nancy Jr., 30, competed in the 2010 Winter Games and although the siblings — who are coached by three-time Olympian mother Nancy Swider-Peltz — fell short of making the 2014 team, they both have a chance of going in 2018. Jeffrey is a contender in both the team pursuit and mass start, while Nancy Jr. is a likely challenger to race in the mass start, which will debut in 2018.Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.