John Shuster celebrates after winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials to advance to the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 on Nov. 21, 2021 in Omaha, Neb.
2. John Shuster turns 40 in November - Curling
The road for one of the most accomplished curlers in U.S. history hasn’t always been easy. Still, there is no shortage of accolades over a two-decade career: seven-time national champion, one world championship bronze medal, gold, and bronze medals over four Olympic Games.
Shuster helped the U.S. win bronze in 2006 for its first-ever Olympic curling medal in Torino in his Olympic debut. Four years later, he would skip his own team for the first time in Sochi, finishing in 10th place. A sub-par performance in 2014 led to him and a teammate getting dropped from USA Curling’s High-Performance Program.
Looking to keep competing and well into his 30s, the two formed their own team, won a national championship in 2015, followed by a bronze medal at worlds in 2016. The historic gold medal arrived in 2018, along with the title of the first American team to win Olympic gold in curling. With a fifth consecutive win at the recent U.S. Olympic Team Trials, Shuster and his team have secured a spot in Beijing to defend their title.
1. Steve Nyman turns 40 in Beijing - Alpine Skiing
Rounding out our list is this four-time Olympian who is looking to celebrate his big 4-0 in Beijing. While he has yet to secure that elusive hardware, Nyman has been on the U.S. national team since 2004 and has been to every Winter Games since 2006.
The father of two started skiing at two as his dad ran the ski school at Sundance Mountain Resort in Utah. By the age of eight, he had competed in his first slalom race, only later to become a speed specialist with a specific focus on downhill.
In 2018, 12 days before the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony, he tore his ACL during a training run and could not compete. So far this season, he had his best result with 18th place at the Beaver Creek world cup downhill. He also competes in the Super-G as he looks to secure a spot for Beijing.