20 Things We Learned About Team USA Last Week

By Darci Miller | Jan. 15, 2018, 5:26 p.m. (ET)
Maddie Mastro competes in the women’s snowboard halfpipe final at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix on Jan. 11, 2018 in Aspen, Colo.

 

Team USA athletes do a lot in a week. In case you missed any of it, here's a glimpse at our takeaways from the last seven days.

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1. Eric Heiden won five gold medals in speedskating at the Olympic Winter Games Lake Placid 1980. His niece, Joanne Reid, is a biathlete and will look to forge her own Olympic legacy in PyeongChang. 

2. The U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team is now complete, as goalies David Leggio and Brandon Maxwell have been added to the roster

3. Moguls skier Morgan Schild was off snow for two years recovering from injury. Now she’s punched her ticket to PyeongChang for her Olympic debut

4. Bryce Bennett and Ryan Cochran-Siegle were both born to skiing families and both will be continuing their legacies as they make their Olympic debuts.

5. U.S. snowboarding has a golden legacy at the Olympic Winter Games, and Red Gerard will attempt to become, at 17 years old, the youngest ever to win a medal.

6. Maddie Bowman made history in Sochi as the first-ever Olympic women’s ski halfpipe gold medalist. In PyeongChang, she will look to defend her crown

7. Bowman’s male counterpart, David Wise, was also the first Olympic men’s ski halfpipe gold medalist and will look to go back-to-back

8. Kiley McKinnon spent nearly a decade as a gymnast and was recruited to aerials by Mac Bohonnon, a childhood classmate. She’ll be making her Olympic debut in PyeongChang. 

9. It’s been a long and winding road for Lindsey Vonn since winning gold at the Olympic Winter Games Vancouver 2010. Though she missed the 2014 Olympics due to injury, she’s back on the slopes for 2018

10. Three more athletes were added to the U.S. Olympic cross-country skiing team, as Simi Hamilton, Andy Newell and Ida Sargent will be going to PyeongChang

11. Maggie Voisin was primed and ready to make her Olympic debut in slopestyle skiing in Sochi until an accident during a training run left her injured and unable to compete. But second time’s the charm, as Voisin qualified for her second Olympic team

12. Biathlon was the first sport to qualify an athlete to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team, when Lowell Bailey earned his spot in February of 2017. That team is now complete, as Leif Nordgren and Russell Currier have been added to the roster

13. Never count Shaun White out. The two-time Olympic champion scored a perfect 100 in the halfpipe en route to his fourth Olympic bid

14. U.S. women’s bobsledders are some of the best in the world, and Team USA will have two sleds in PyeongChang with eyes on the podium; Elana Meyers Taylor and Lauren Gibbs, and Jamie Greubel Poser and Aja Evans

15. The U.S. skeleton team that will be attending PyeongChang is chock full of Olympic experience, as veterans Matt Antoine, John Daly and Katie Uhlaender will be joined by newcomer Kendall Wesenberg

16. The loss of Steven Holcomb left a void in the men’s bobsled ranks, but the team heading to PyeongChang consists of Olympic medalists, an active duty Green Beret and a former NFL player

17. Though not yet qualified for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team, Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper both scored all-important podium finishes to move ever-closer to their second Olympic berths in slopestyle skiing

18. The two were part of the Team USA podium sweep in Sochi behind gold medalist Joss Christensen. Could the three repeat their feat in PyeongChang

19. In the halfpipe, Chloe Kim and Maddie Mastro went 2-3 at the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix as Mastro and fourth-place finisher Kelly Clark still have eyes on Olympic berths

20. When Kevin Bickner was a child, his thrill-seeking energy once led him to climb his school’s flagpole. Nowadays, his thrill-seeking energy has led him to become one of the top ski jumpers in the country