The Winter Olympics is one of the most prestigious events in the entire world. For many sports, winning a medal at the games is the very pinnacle of what a competitor can hope to achieve. In fact, simply competing in the Olympics would be a dream come true for most athletes.
This is why fans will, no doubt, see the very best sportsmen (and sportswomen) in the world at the 2018 Winter Olympics, which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Olympians often dedicate their lives to perfecting their sport of choice, which not only makes them great athletes, it also gives them outstanding physiques in many cases. In fact, some of the most physically impressive human beings one will ever see can be found competing in Pyeongchang this February.
In this article, we are going to shine the spotlight on the women in particular. Specifically, the ladies of Team USA, a team which features some of the most high-profile and beautiful athletes in the world.
Fans will most certainly recognize many of these breathtaking females, while also getting the opportunity to see (and learn about) some new faces.
With that in mind, here are the 15 steamiest American females competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics
15. Mikaela Shiffrin
Vail, Colorado native Mikaela Shiffrin is a 22-year-old alpine skier. The 5-foot-7 superstar will be returning for her second Olympic Games in 2018, having previously represented Team USA in 2014.
Those who watched the 2014 Winter Olympics will likely remember Shiffrin as the gold medalist in the slalom event. By winning the gold, she became the youngest slalom champ in Olympic history at just 18 years and 345 days of age. Outside of the Olympics, the Vail product is also the reigning Overall World Cup champion. Shiffrin has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman and was featured on the NBC television special, How to Raise an Olympian. As the reigning Olympic gold medalist, she heads into South Korea as one of the favorites in slalom.
14. Katie Uhlaender
Having first appeared in the Winter Games back in 2006, skeleton racer Katie Uhlander has been competing in the Olympics for well over a decade now. The 33-year-old out of Vail, Colorado will be making her fourth Winter Olympic appearance when she competes in South Korea this coming February. She is the daughter of former Cleveland Indians coach, Ted Uhlander.
Despite her many appearances in the Winter Olympics, Uhlaender is still chasing her first medal. However, she is no stranger to capturing medals at other events. The 5-foot-4 star has captured 6 medals (2 gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze) at various World Championship outings from 2007-2012. Once hersSkeleton career ends, she would like become a writer and/or producer. After falling just short of capturing the bronze in 2014 (finishing 4th overall), Uhlaender looks to finally win an Olympic medal in South Korea.
13. Madison Chock
Madison La’akea Te-Lan Hall Chock (known professionally as Madison Chock) is an ice dancer hailing from Redondo Beach, California. The 5-foot-2 skater has previously competed alongside her partner Evan Bates (who she recently began dating in 2017) at the 2014 Winter Olympics. The 25-year-old and her now-boyfriend Bates will be back with Team USA for the 2018 Winter Games.
Chook has spent the majority of her ice dancing career working with two partners, Greg Zuerlein and her current partner, Evan Bates. In the early portion of her career, she took home gold medals at both the World Junior Championships and the Junior Grand Prix Finals (both in 2009). More recently she has captured several Silver and Bronze medals at the Four Continents Championships from 2013-2017.
12. Aja Evans
Aja Evans as a bobsledder out of Chicago, Illinois. She currently competes as a brakeman. The 5-foot-10 brunette was also an accomplished track and field athlete in college. The 170-pound sledder will be returning for a second shot at Olympic gold in 2018, having competed for the United States in 2014.
Evans comes from a very athletic family. Her father competed in swimming and became the first black national collegiate champ. Her brother Fred Evans is a former defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. Her uncle and cousin (Gary Matthews Sr. and Jr.) both played Major League Baseball. Aja Evans is best known for winning a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the two-woman bobsleigh competition, alongside her partner Jamie Greubel. She also won bronze at the 2017 World Championships in the same event.
11. Jessie Diggins
Jessica “Jessie” Diggins is a 26-year-old cross country skier who was born in Afton, Minnesota. The 5-foot-4 Olympian qualified for Team USA in 2014 and went on to place 8th (out of 61 athletes) in the 15 kilometers skiathlon having posted a time of 40:05.5. She will return to the Winter Olympics in 2018 in hopes of capturing her very first medal.
One of the highlights of Jessie Diggins’ career came back in 2013 when she won a gold medal in the team spirit with her partner Kikkan Randall at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championship in Val di Fiemme. Over the course of her illustrious career, Diggins has also won 3 silver and 1 bronze medal at various World Championship events throughout the world.
10. Jamie Anderson
Slopestyle snowboarding specialist Jamie Anderson is one of the most popular athletes on Team USA’s roster. The South Lake Tahoe, California product also has an impressive social media game which has helped her gain over 435,000 Instagram followers, due in no small part to photos like the one shown here. The 5-foot-3 blonde will be returning to the Winter Olympics in 2018 following a very successful run at the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Jamie Anderson is best known for winning an Olympic gold medal in slopestyle back in 2014. However, she is also an extremely accomplished Winter X Games competitor. In fact, the stunning snowboarder has managed to capture 12 X Games medals this far. She has 5 gold, 5 silver, and 2 bronze X Games medals on her resume.
9. Amanda Kessel
Amanda Kessel is a professional ice hockey player who originally hails from Madison, Wisconsin. While the 5-foot-6 blonde may not look like your stereotypical hockey player, she is a fierce competitor on the ice, and probably best-known as sister to NHL star Phil Kessel. 2018 will be Amanda’s second appearance in the Winter Olympics, having previously competed for the United States in 2014.
The Madison product is probably best known for helping the US capture a silver medal in the Olympics back in 2014. However, she also had an outstanding collegiate career as a member of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. In November of 2010, the forward scored 4 goals to help the Gophers defeat New Hampshire by a score of 11-0, which was the worst loss in the program’s history. As a member of the women’s national team, she also helped the US with the World Championships in 2017.
8. Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn is a 5-foot-10 alpine skier who is originally from Saint Paul, Minnesota. The 33-year-old is a former Olympic gold medalist and is returning in 2018, for what very well might be her last Olympic Games.
With her tall, athletic frame and flowing blonde hair, Lindsey Vonn could easily be mistaken for a model as opposed to a championship caliber athlete. Her marketable appearance has helped make her the face of Team USA at the Winter Olympics this year. She made her first appearance at the Olympics back in 2002 at the age of 17. As a skier, she is best known for winning a gold medal in the downhill event at the 2010 Olympic Games, which were held in Vancouver. Vonn is arguably the most famous athlete competing in South Korea this February.
7. Morgan Schild
Morgan Schild is a freestyle skier from Rochester, New York who attended Westminster College. The 20-year-old specializes in an event called mogul skiing. Mogul skiing is timed run that takes place on a steep, moguled course, which focuses on things like aerial maneuvers and technical turns. The 5-foot-7 star will be making her Olympic debut as a member of Team USA at the 2018 Games.
One of the highlights of Morgan Schild’s young career came back in 2015 when she was named FIS World Cup Rookie of the Year. Despite being only 20 years of age, she does have World Championship experience having finished 13th in dual moguls in 2017. Her journey to the 2018 Winter Olympics is something of a comeback story, after she was forced out of competition for nearly two years due to a torn ACL.
6. Madison Hubbell
Lansing, Michigan’s Madison Hubbell in an ice dancer who currently competes with her partner Zachary Donahue. The pair will be making their Olympic debut in South Korea as representatives of the United States.
26-year-old Madison Hubbell has already accomplished a great in the sport of ice dancing. She captured a gold medal at the 2006-07 Junior Grand Prix Finals and has also taken first place at the prestigious Four Continents Championships. All of Hubbell’s top scores, including her best combined (in short and free dance) total of 189.43 at Skate Canada, came in 2017. Having worked with the same partner (Zachary Donahue) since 2011 and posting her best times ever in 2017, the 5-foot-7 ice dancer appears to be peaking at the right time heading into the 2018 Winter Olympics.
5. Kendall Wesenberg
Castro Valley, California’s Kendall Wesenberg is a 5-foot-8 skeleton racer. Skeleton racing is a sport that is somewhat similar to bobsledding. However, unlike bobsledding, skeleton only involves a single rider. The 27-year-old will be making her Olympic debut in Pyeongchang. Wessenberg also studied Business Administration University of Colorado at Boulder and claims to have two fake teeth.
Wesenberg began competing at the international level during the 2014-15 Europe Cup circuit. Interestingly enough, the skeleton racer would go on to win the very first race she competed in as part of the circuit. She would then place in several other races, thus becoming the first American female to win the overall Europe Cup season ranking. The Californian also recently won a silver medal at 2016-17 Skeleton World Cup.
4. Sarah Hendrickson
Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sarah Hendrickson is ski jumper who represents the United States. Despite being only 23 years of age, she already has Olympic experience having previously competed in the Winter Games back in 2014. The 5-foot-4 star secured her place on the 2018 team by winning at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping.
Hendrickson made her Olympic debut in Sochi back in 2014, finishing 21st overall. In August of 2013, she suffered a serious knee injury which has plagued her throughout her young career. She would re-aggravate the same injury in 2015, causing her to miss the 2015/16 season. The Salt Lake City standout hopes to stay and healthy and have a major impact at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
3. Mia Manganello
Crestview, Florida’s Mia Manganello is a two-sport athlete who previously competed as a professional racing cyclist before deciding to focus all of her efforts on long track speed skating. The 28-year-old blonde will be making her Olympic debut after finishing 2nd in the Mass Start and 3rd in both 1000m and 1500m races at the trials.
Manganello began her career as an inline skater at just 8 years of age before switching to ice in hopes of one day competing in the Winter Olympics. She originally tried out for the Winter Games back in 2010 but failed to qualify. She took some time off to focus on cycling, before ultimately returning to speed skating in 2016. Manganello has stated that once her skating career is over that, she would like to become a chef.
2. Heather Bergsma
Speed skater Heather Bergsma is a native of High Point, North Carolina. Having participated in both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the 5-foot-10 skater will be competing for Team USA a third time after winning the Mass Start and the 1000m at the qualifiers.
Having made her Olympic debut all the way back in 2010, Heather Bergsman is one of the most experienced Olympians on our list. While the North Carolina product has yet to capture an Olympic medal, she has won 14 medals (4 gold, 6 silver, and 4 bronze) at various World Championship competitions around the world. She currently holds world records in the 1,500 meters and the 2 x 500 meters. She is also the current US record holder for the 500 meters distance.
1. Lindsey Jacobellis
Lindsey Jacobellis is a 5-foot-7 snowboarder who is originally from Danbury, Connecticut. Having made her first appearance in the Winter Olympics back in 2006, the 32-year-old is one of the most experienced members of team USA.
Jacobellis managed to capture an Olympic medal (silver) in her debut back in 2006, but failed place inside the top 3 in any of her follwoing Olympic runs. She finished 5th overall in 2010 and in 2014, before crashing, she was leading in the semifinal race. She has had a phenomenal career competing in the Winter X Games having captured an impressive 10 gold medals. Lindsey Jacobellis has also appeared on MTV’s The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros, in an attempt to raise money for animals. She ended up finishing 2nd overall on the show.
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