Four events will debut at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, and Team USA members are among the athletes expected to contend for medals.
With four days to go until the Opening Ceremony, here’s a look at those sports and the Americans you should watch for:
Mixed Doubles Curling
With two team members instead of the usual four, this dynamic form of curling is sure to be a hit. The U.S. is represented by sibling duo Becca and Matt Hamilton, from Wisconsin. Both are also members of Team USA’s respective women’s and men’s Olympic curling teams, so they’ll be pulling double duty in PyeongChang. The Hamiltons won both the national championship last season and the Olympic trials this season, and both will be making their Olympic debuts.
Big Air Snowboarding
The members of the men’s and women’s slopestyle teams will also compete in big air, an event in which riders have just one big jump to gain massive amplitude and show off their best tricks. Their best two of three runs count. On the men’s side, Chris Corning is one of Team USA’s top medal hopefuls, with a win and a second-place finish on the world cup circuit this season and a second-place finish at the world championships last year. For the women, Jamie Anderson, Hailey Langland and Julia Marino are all capable of landing on the podium, although it was Anderson who did that most recently with a bronze at X Games Aspen.
Mass Start Speedskating
With 24 skaters racing together over 16 laps, mass start brings some of the flavor of short track to the long track. Team USA’s Joey Mantia and Heather Bergsma are among those who hope it will also bring a gold medal. Mantia is the reigning world champion while Bergsma finished third at the world championships last year, and both have excellent chances of medaling at the Games as well. Mia Manganello and Brian Hansen will join them in the event.
Mixed Team Alpine Skiing
This event will pit 16 mixed-gender teams of six athletes each against one another on the slalom course. It isn’t clear yet who might be competing for the U.S. in this inaugural event, but the team is certainly stacked full of big names who could help propel Team USA to a medal.