For most athletes, it doesn’t get any bigger than making it to the Olympic Games to compete on under the flag of one’s homeland. There are a few sports like professional football and baseball that have the Super Bowl and World Series respectively. However, for most sports, the Olympics are the pinnacle.
Moreover, the Olympic Games offer a chance for less popular seasonal sports to have their moment in the spotlight. The Winter Olympics, for example, gives folks the opportunity to focus on an event like alpine skinning or even curling. Every 4 years families can gather around the television set and watch a sport like ice skating.
The Winter Olympics, in particular, produced one of the most-watched moments in television history when figure skaters Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan took to the ice following the infamous attack on the latter’s knee.
That being said, the Winter Games provides more than just great athletes and memorable moments. It also showcases some of the most beautiful competitors from around the world. Despite competing in the cold, Winter Olympians are some of the hottest athletes you will ever see.
With that in mind, here are 15 of the most breathtaking athletes to have ever competed in the Winter Olympics, many of whom we will likely see competing in 2018.
15 Tessa Virtue
Tessa Virtue is a Canadian ice dancer who was born in London, Ontario. She began competing with her partner Scott Moir all the way back in 1997. There two decades together, make Virtue and Moir the longest-standing team in the history of Canadian ice dancing. The 5-foot-4 queen of the ice also has some academic achievements to her credit, having studied psychology at the University of Windsor.
Virtue and Moir are hands down the most accomplished Canadian ice dancing duo of all time. They have won multiple gold medals in both the World Championships and the Four Continents Championships. In the Winter Olympics, the pair captured a gold medal in 2010 and 2 silvers when they returned in 2014. Virtue and Moir look will look build on their Olympic legacy at the 2018 games in February.
14 Torah Bright
Torah Bright is a 30-year-old snowboarder who was born in Cooma, New South Wales, Australia. The 5-foot-4 sports star is coached by her older brother, Ben Bright. She also has an older sister named Rowena, who competed in 2002 Winter Olympics. The Australian beauty is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon) and is the 4th of 5 siblings. When she isn’t snowboarding, Bright also enjoys surfing.
Bright has is a 3-time Olympian having competed in the 2006, 2010, and 2014 games respectively. She won the gold for her native country of Australia in 2010 in the women’s halfpipe. She returned again in 2014, this time placing 2nd in the same event. Due to her previous accomplishments, the Aussie is among the favorites to medal in the halfpipe at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
13 Ashley Wagner
Ashley Wagner is an American figure skater who was born on US military base in Heidelberg, Germany. Her father is a Lieutenant Colonel in the military, which resulted in the 5-foot-3 skater moving with her family 9 times while growing up. Having been born in Heidelberg, Wagner is bi-lingual and is fluent in both English and German.
Wagner has had a great deal of success in figure skating over the course of her illustrious career. In 2012 she won a gold medal in the Four Continents Championships in the ladies singles event. She has captured multiple medals in both the World Junior Championships and the Grand Prix Finals. However, Wagner is arguably best known for taking home a bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in the team event. The 27-year-old expects to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
12 Jamie Anderson
Jamie Anderson is a 5-foot-3, 119-pound snowboarder who proudly represents the United States of America. The 27-year-old native of South Lake Tahoe, California began snowboarding at the age of 10. Moreover, as is evident in the photo here, she is also considered to be one of the best looking women on team USA.
Those who watched the Winter Olympics in 2014 will likely remember when Anderson made history by winning the gold in the inaugural Women’s slopestyle event. Outside of Olympic competition, Anderson has medaled in numerous Winter X Games, throughout the years. The blonde snowboarder has already qualified for the 2018 Winter Olympics games which will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The American will look to reamin the only gold medal winner in slopestyle at the 2018 games.
11 Lolo Jones
Lori Susan “Lolo” Jones a 35-year-old American who has competed in the Winter Olympics as a bobsledder. The 5-foot-9 native of Des Moines, Iowa is also known for competing in the Summer Olympics as a track and field athlete. Jones is one of the biggest names on our list, having appeared on the HBO’s Real Sport’s, MTV’s The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros, and The Body Issue of ESPN the Magazine. The Olympic beauty has also been outspoken about maintaining her virginity until marriage.
Lolo Jones is one of the few athletes who has competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympics, though she has yet to win a medal at either. She was appeared in 3 Games overall (2 summers and 1 winter) and hopes to earn her first Olympic medal for the United States in bobsledding in 2018.
10 Gracie Gold
Gracie Gold is a 5-foot-6 figure skater who competes for the United States in ladies singles competition. The 22-year-old was originally born in Newton, Massachusetts, but grew up in Springfield, Massachusetts. The graceful blonde has a fraternal twin sister named Carly Gold who is also an accomplished figure skater.
Gold had begun skating when she was only 8 years of age and has been competing at a very high level since she was a child. She won a silver medal at the World Junior Championships back in 2012. One of her biggest accomplishments came in 2014 at the U.S. Championship where she secured her 1st national title with excellent scores in both the short program and the free skate. She earned a bronze medal at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, but won’t be competing in 2018 due to mental health issues.
9 Lindsey Vonn
Lindsey Vonn is an alpine skier, who could reasonably be considered the face of the Winter Olympics in the United States. At just under 5-foot-10 with flowing, blonde hair, Vonn is one of the most beautiful athletes competing in sports today. The native of Saint Paul, Minnesota even dated the world’s most famous golfer, Tiger Woods for a period between 2013-2015.
Vonn made her first appearance in the Olympics Games back in 2002 when she was only 17 years of age. During her second appearance at the games in 2006, she was awarded the U.S. Olympic Spirit Award after continuing to compete, despite being hospitalized due to an accident just 2 days prior. In 2010 Vonn captured a gold medal in the downhill event and bronze in the super g. She was unable to compete in 2014 due to injury, but is expected to return in 2018.
8 Janine Flock
Austria’s Janine Flock is a 5-foot-7 skeleton racer. At just 28 years of age, the stunning brunette has already established herself as the greatest skeleton athlete her home country has ever produced. When she isn’t competing, Flock enjoys eating a delicious steak and vacationing in Mexico. Her nationals coach is Michael Grunberger.
Janine Flock has had a great deal of success in recent year. While she failed to medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics, she had outstanding showings in other events. The Austrian superstar recently captured both silver and bronze medal at the 2016 World Championships. Moreover, she has won several medals, including a pair of golds in 2014 and 2016 at the European Championships. She will be representing her home country, once again, at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.
7 Julia Mancuso
Reno, Nevada’s Julia Mancuso reminds us that Lindsey Vonn isn’t the only gorgeous alpine skier to come out of the United States. When the 5-foot-6 Olympian isn’t on the slopes, she enjoys other sports like surfing and freeride skiing. She also appeared in the extremes sports film, Shades of Winter: Between.
While she doesn’t get the same level of media attention as her US teammate Vonn, Mancuso has actually had more success at the Olympic level. She was captured 4 medals in all; 1 gold, 2 silvers, and bronze from 2006 to 2014. Conversely, Vonn has managed just two medals to date. In fact, Jula Mancuso’s 4 Olympic medals, at present, are the most ever won by a female American skier. The 33-year-old plans on returning to the Winter Olympics in February for her final run.
6 Eve Muirhead
Born in Perth, Scotland, Eve Muirhead is an Olympic curler. She is actually a 2nd generation Olympian with her father having competed in the 1992 Winter Olympics, as a curler for Scotland. Outside of curling, Eve Muirhead is also an accomplished bagpiper, having played in multiple world championships. She is also something of a 2-sport athlete who has turned down golfing scholarships from multiple universities. The 5-foot-7 Scot has dabbled in modeling, which likely won’t come as a surprise after seeing the photo above.
Muirhead was skipped for Great Britain in both the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics. In 2014 she made history by becoming the youngest skip to win a medal (bronze in this instance) at 23 years of age. She will represent Great Britain, once again, in 2018.
5 Ina Meschik
Snowboarder Ina Meschik was born in Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria. The 27-year-old brunette can often be found on lists, such as this one, which feature the hottest athletes from the Olympic Games. The 5-foot-2 Austrian snowboarding sensation is coached by Tom Weninger and is a member of the ASKO Landskron club.
Ina Meschik is best known for representing her home country of Austria in the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics respectively. She debuted at the 2010 Olympics Games when she was just 19 years of age, finishing 6th in the women’s giant slalom. She returned in 2014 and improved upon her previous performance, this time finishing 4th in the giant slalom. Meschik almost captured the bronze in 2014, finishing less than a second behind Alena Zavarzina, who finished 3rd. The Austrian stunner hopes to capture her 1st Olympic medal in 2018.
4 Silje Norendal
Silje Norendal is a 5-foot-6 snowboarder who originally hails from Kongsberg, Norway. The gorgeous, 24-year-old blonde competes in several events including boardercross, halfpipe, and slopestyle. Norendal also enjoyed playing handball as a young girl. She is one of the best snowboarders to come out of the Nordic Region in quite some time and is currently sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink.
Norendal began snowboarding with her mother at just 4 years of age. She turned pro back in 2007 and was even named Norwegian rookie of the year that season. The blonde bombshell has won gold medals at the Winter X Games in slopestyle in both 2014 and 2015 respectively. She competed in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games held in Russia and finished 4th in the slopestyle semifinals. The Norwegian stunner has already secured her spot for the 2018 Winter Olympics and will be competing in February.
3 Noelle Pikus-Pace
Noelle Pikus-Pace is a 5-foot-10 skeleton racer out of Provo, Utah. Pikus-Pace is the youngest of 8 kids and also has 2 children of her own. The 35-year-old is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (a Mormon) who resides with her family in Eagle Mountain, Utah.
For those unfamiliar, skeleton racing is winter sport similar to sledding. However, unlike sports such as bobsledding, skeleton only requires one person to compete. She competed in the 2010 Winter Olympics and finished 4th overall. Following her 2010 bid, Pikus-Pace briefly retired, before ultimately returning to give it another go at the 2014 Winter Olympics. After qualifying for team USA, she went on to capture a silver medal, finishing 2nd at the games. Following her silver medal performance, the Utah native retired for good.
2 Tanja Eisenschmid
Kaufbeuren, Germany's Tanja Eisenschmid is a 5-foot-8 hockey player. She is a defencemen (or more appropriately defencewomen). She is currently a member of the Minnesota Whitecaps, a pro team that competes in the Minneapolis- St. Paul, Minnesota area (of the United States). Outside of the Whitecaps, the 24-year-old has competed as a member of German women’s national team. She has also worked as an intern for a University of North Dakota television show called Studio One.
Tanja Eisenschmid was a member of the German squad that competed in the 2013 IIHF Women’s World Championship. She is probably best known for competing in the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, where her team (Germany) ended up finishing in 7th place overall. Fans can expect to see Eisenschmid representing her home country, once again, in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
1 Rosalind Groenewoud
Rosalind Groenewoud is a freeskier who was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. These days the 5-foot-10 brunette resides in Squamish, British Columbia. She was a close friend of her former teammate Sarah Burke, a fellow Canadian who was fatally injured while training. Groenewoud wears Burke’s name on her helmet when competing. The gorgeous Canadian Olympian is a member of Target’s (the retail stores) action sports team and has also been sponsored by big-name companies like Visa and General Mills.
As freeskier, Rosalind Groenewoud has won gold medals at both the FIS Freestyle World Ski Championships and the Winter X Games. She competed in the 2014 Winter Olympics in the halfpipe event and finished 7th overall. However, she underwent knee surgery a couple of months before competing in the Olympics in 2014. The 28-year-old hopes to capture her first Olympic medal for Canada in 2018.