Given all the memories they’ve provided us and accomplishments they’ve made, it is amazing to remember that all the Team USA athletes named Tuesday to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the sports category are in fact still that young.
Look at an athlete like two-time Olympic gold medalist Mikaela Shiffrin, for example, who has been competing on the world stage since she was 15. Her gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 tied her for the most won by an American alpine skier. And she’s still only 23.
Coming in just under the wire at 29 are twins Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson. Jocelyne scored the winning shootout goal to beat Canada and give the U.S. women’s ice hockey team its first gold medal since 1998. That was a long wait, but cross-country skier Jessie Diggins, 27, did something in PyeongChang never done before. She and teammate Kikkan Randall won the first gold medal for Team USA in cross-country skiing.
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Also winning gold in PyeongChang was David Wise, 28. He won his second gold medal in halfpipe skiing, defending his title from 2014 when the event made its debut. Figure skater Adam Rippon took home bronze in the team event, becoming the first openly gay male athlete to win a Winter Games medal for Team USA.
Summer Olympians were represented too. Gold medalist gymnast Laurie Hernandez is the youngest of the group at 18. Tennis star Madison Keys and golfer Lexi Thompson are next at 23, along with Shiffrin. Rounding out the Olympic contingent are soccer player Crystal Dunn and boxer Errol Spence Jr.
Todd Kortemeier is a sportswriter, editor and children’s book author from Minneapolis. He is a contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.