The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 saw a number of memorable performances for Team USA. After countless historic and inspiring moments that won't soon be forgotten, five men, five women and three teams have been nominated for Team USA Awards presented by Dow, Best of the Games in the Olympic categories. Up for Female Olympic Athlete of the Games, presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods, are snowboarder Jamie Anderson, long track speedskater Brittany Bowe, snowboarder Chloe Kim, bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor and alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin. Up for Male Olympic Athlete of the Games are snowboarder Red Gerard, short track speedskater John-Henry Krueger, luger Chris Mazdzer, snowboarder Shaun White and freestyle skier David Wise. And up for Olympic Team of the Games, presented by Dow, are the women's cross-country skiing sprint team of Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall, the women's ice hockey team and the men's curling team.
Now it’s time for you to put that knowledge to the test. How well do you know the Best of the Games nominees? You’re about to find out. Answers are at the bottom, and remember, no cheating!
And don't forget to vote for your favorites at TeamUSA.org/Awards.
1. Which team defeated Canada twice in PyeongChang en route to winning gold?
2. Which athlete keeps a collection of heart-shaped rocks?
3. Which athlete spent third and fourth grade studying in Geneva, Switzerland?
4. Which athlete has six siblings?
5. Which athlete bought their mom an alpaca farm?
6. Which athlete played basketball for Florida Atlantic University in college?
7. Which athlete had their first sponsorship deal at age 7?
8. Which athlete considers themselves a professional sleeper?
9. Which athlete has a brother who competes in the same sport, but for Hungary?
10. Which team includes the United States' Closing Ceremony flag bearer?
11. Which athlete competed collegiately in softball before switching to their Olympic sport?
12. Which team won the country’s first gold medal in its sport in 20 years?
13. Which athlete has a collection of key cards from nearly every hotel they have visited?
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1. U.S. Olympic Men's Curling Team. Team Shuster, comprised of Tyler George, Matt Hamilton, John Landsteiner, Joe Polo and John Shuster, faced Canada, the three-time reigning Olympic champion, twice on their way to the country's first Olympic gold medal. Each time, Team USA came out victorious. In the first face-off, Team Shuster beat Canada 9-7 in round robin. The two teams met again in the semifinals and the U.S. came out on top 5-3 to advance to the first curling gold-medal match in U.S. Olympic history. Click here to vote for the U.S. Olympic Men's Curling Team.
2. David Wise. Halfpipe skier David Wise is the all-time family man. The two-time Olympic gold medalist is often away from home for training and competition, so he started a tradition to let his wife know he was thinking of her. He brings her home heart-shaped rocks he finds while traveling and lines them along their home in Reno, Nevada. Click here to vote for Wise.
3. Chloe Kim. The halfpipe snowboarding champion moved to Switzerland to live with her aunt when she was 8 years old. Her father had sent her to learn French, but while there she picked up new tricks and improved her skills on the snowboard. Click here to vote for Kim.
4. Red Gerard. The 17-year-old slopestyle snowboarding gold medalist is one of seven. He credits his brother Malakai for teaching him everything he knows about the sport. When Gerard hit his last run to win his Olympic gold medal, he was cheered on by 17 other family members who were waiting for him at the bottom of the course. Click here to vote for Gerard.
5. Jamie Anderson. Jamie Anderson's mother, Lauren, picked up her life in Lake Tahoe and moved to a farmhouse in Vermont. There she is living out her dream as an alpaca farmer, thanks to her daughter, a three-time Olympic medalist who defended her slopestyle gold in PyeongChang and claimed silver in big air's debut. “I raised eight kids, I think I can do alpacas,” Lauren told The Vermont Standard. Click here to vote for Anderson.
6. Brittany Bowe. Brittany Bowe's father was a high school basketball coach and much of their relationhship flourished on the court. He coached Brittany in high school and cheered her on when she went on to play Division I basketball for the Florida Atlantic Owls. While at FAU, she was starting every game by her sophomore year. FAU honored the former basketball star in September of 2014. Bowe finished top-five in all three of her individual events in Korea and won bronze in the women's team pursuit, ending a 16-year drought for U.S. women's long track skaters. Click here to vote for Bowe.
7. Shaun White. At age 7, Shaun White signed with his first sponsor, Burton. This was the same year he crossed paths with skateboard legend Tony Hawk at a skate park. In PyeongChang, White claimed his record third halfpipe snowboarding gold medal and Team USA's 100th gold medal in Winter Olympic history. Click here to vote for White.
8. Mikaela Shiffrin. Mikaela Shiffrin, who won her career second and third medals in PyeongChang with giant slalom gold and combined silver, is a huge advocate of a proper night's sleep of at least 8-9 hours. The early-riser is well known for her daily naps, which she coins as her way of recovery and often requires between races. She once awoke from a nap to discover she had won the 2017 overall world cup title. Click here to vote for Shiffrin.
9. John-Henry Krueger. The short track speedskater grew up competing alongside his brother, Cole, who intially competed for Team USA. The older of the two, Cole moved to Hungary and obtained citizenship in 2017 with hopes of making the 2018 Olympic team for Hungary. John-Henry won silver in the men's 1,000-meter for the first individual speedskating medal for Team USA since 2010. Click here to vote for Krueger.
10. Jessie Diggins and Kikkan Randall. The women's cross-country sprint team of Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins won the country's first gold medal in cross-country skiing and first women's cross-country medal in PyeongChang. Diggins was selected by her peers to be flag bearer for the U.S. delegation in the Closing Ceremony. Click here to vote for Diggins and Randall.
11. Elana Meyers Taylor. Elana Meyers Taylor was a collegiate softball player for George Washington University before she switched to bobsled in 2007. She was offered college scholarships in basketball, softball, soccer, and track and field. Since making her Olympic debut in 2010, Meyers Taylor has medaled at each of her Olympic appearances, including a silver in PyeongChang that extended Team USA's streak as the only nation to medal in women's bobsled at every Games since the event's debut in 2002. Click here to vote for Meyers Taylor.
12. U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team. After a historic victory over Canada, the longtime rival of Team USA, the U.S. ended Canada's hopes of a fifth straight Olympic gold and secured the country's first Olympic gold since it won the sport's debut in 1998. Click here to vote for the U.S. Olympic Women's Ice Hockey Team.
13. Chris Mazdzer. The luger who won silver in Korea for Team USA's first Olympic medal in men's singles luge often finds himself spending more time on the road than in his own bed. Mazdzer collects key cards from every hotel he stays at and says his collection has exceeded 200 key cards. Click here to vote for Mazdzer.