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Meet the 6 Winter Olympians representing the DMV at the PyeongChang Games

Meet the 6 Winter Olympians representing the DMV at the PyeongChang Games

With athletes like Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky leading the way, Olympians from the DMV area made a huge impact on Team USA’s medal count two years ago at the Rio Olympics.

Turning to the Winter Games in PyeongChang, similarly, there are a number of Olympians representing Team USA, as well as their home states of Maryland and Virginia.

With a few big names, these are the local athletes you’ll want to keep an eye on throughout the Winter Olympics. All information is according to Team USA.

1. Maame Biney, Reston, Virginia

The 18-year-old is a short track speedskater who specializes in the 500 meters and the 1,500 meters. She is the first black woman to qualify for the U.S. Olympic speedskating team, which she did by winning the 500 at the team trials. She captured the hearts of fans everywhere with her delightful personality and pure joy she exuded in an interview during the opening ceremony.


2. Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, Powhatan, Virginia

The 30-year-old bobsledder is at his first Olympics, earning a spot on the bobsled team’s 16-athlete roster. He specializes in the four-man and two-man/push events.

3. Garrett Roe, Vienna, Virginia

With NHL players not competing for their respective nations in the Olympics, the door opened for others to play on the world’s biggest stage. Roe will turn 30 before the Games end, and he’s a forward who was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2008. However, he currently plays in Switzerland for EV Zug.

4. Ashley Caldwell, Ashburn, Virginia

The 24-year-old freestyle skier is a three-time Olympian. She finished 10th in aerials in both the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2010 Vancouver Games. Leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics, Caldwell won her first world championship medal, winning gold in the 2017 event.

5. Haley Skarupa, Rockville, Maryland

The 24-year-old hockey player was born in Washington, D.C. but her hometown is in Maryland. A forward, Skarupa is a first-time Olympian, but she enters the Games as a three-time world champion with Team USA in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

6. Thomas Hong, Laurel, Maryland

At 20 years old, Hong is a short track speedskater who is a diehard fan of the Redskins, Caps, Wizards and DC United. He is a first-time Olympian, but he was a silver medalist in the 500 meters at the 2016-17 world championships. He also won bronze in the 3000-meter relay there. At the Olympics, he is competing in the 500 meters and the 5,000-meter relay.


While those are the six athletes with DMV-area cities as hometowns, there are a couple other athletes with connections to the area.

Long track speedskater Shani Davis — who is originally from Chicago — helped create Learn to Speed Skate, which helps expose children from Washington, D.C. to the sport, according to NBC Washington. He is a four-time Olympian and a two-time gold medalist and two-time silver medalist.

Hockey player Chris Bourque is representing Team USA in these Games as well. He’s from Massachusetts, but he was drafted by the Caps in 2004 and currently plays for the Hershey Bears in the AHL.


U.S. men's hockey pulls out win after entering 3rd period tied

U.S. men's hockey pulls out win after entering 3rd period tied

GANGNEUNG, South Korea -- Ryan Donato scored two power-play goals and Troy Terry dominated with his speed as college players led the United States to an important 2-1 victory over Slovakia on Friday at the Olympics.

Donato, who plays for his father Ted at Harvard, delivered the kind of offense USA Hockey wanted when it picked four NCAA players for its no-NHL Olympic roster. Donato, Terry and American Hockey League scoring star Chris Bourque were all additions to the U.S. after the pre-Olympic Deutschland Cup in November, during which the U.S. struggled to score, particularly against Slovakia goaltender Jan Laco.

Laco was on top of his game, stopping 29 of the 31 shots he faced. Only this time, the Americans' young skill that coach Tony Granato hoped would bring energy and spark the team came through.

Goalie Ryan Zapolski made 21 saves for his first Olympic victory, which is crucial considering only the top four of 12 teams avoid the qualification round Monday. With the regulation win, the U.S. vaults to the top of Group B with four points. Slovakia was second with three, followed by Slovenia and Russia.

The U.S. faces Russia in each team's final preliminary-round game Saturday night.

The Americans didn't have a shot on net until six-plus minutes into the game when defenseman Noah Welch finally got the puck to Laco.

All it took to get the U.S. offense going was a Slovakia penalty that gave Terry and Donato some room to operate. Terry sped through the offensive zone and took two Slovakia defenders with him, dropping the puck to a wide-open Donato for his first power-play goal of the game to put the U.S. up 1-0 at 7:10.

Just 25 seconds later, Andrej Kudrna scored on a tip of a Tomas Surovy shot that slipped under Zapolski's right arm for a tying goal the 31-year-old goalie probably wants back.

Bobby Butler had a semi-breakaway late in the first and Laco got his blocker on it. A couple of second-period power plays yielded offensive-zone time but not a goal, and a borderline goalie interference penalty on Boston University's Jordan Greenway made penalty killers work hard to keep it tied.

After a too many men on the ice call on Slovakia, Bourque, another son of a former NHL player, fed Donato, who spun around in front and went five-hole on Laco to score the game-winning goal with 17:09 left.

Team USA Women outshoot but can't outscore Team Canada in first meeting at 2018 Olympics

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Team USA Women outshoot but can't outscore Team Canada in first meeting at 2018 Olympics

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  -- Meghan Agosta and Sara Nurse each scored in the second period and defending Olympic champion Canada clinched the top spot in pool play by edging the United States 2-1 on Thursday in an early showdown between the dominant powers in women's hockey.

Genevieve Lacasse made 44 saves, including stopping Hilary Knight at the post inside the final 90 seconds. Brianne Decker hit two posts, the second time coming in the final seconds, before the two rivals ended up in a scrum. Officials reviewed the final play and ruled no goal. The Canadians also had two goals disallowed.

Kendall Coyne scored the lone goal for the Americans.

Canada and the United States are the only countries to ever win gold at the Olympics. The Americans won gold in 1998 when women's hockey joined the Olympics, while Canada is here looking for a fifth straight gold medal for the country that created the sport.

They played eight times last fall through a pre-Olympic exhibition tour and the Four Nations Cup. The United States won two of the first three, but Canada now has won five straight against their biggest -- and only -- rival in the sport.

The United States certainly had plenty of chances, including Knight being stopped on a breakaway.

After missing on a penalty shot and hitting a post late in the second, the Americans got on the board when Coyne raced through four Canadians and scored 23 seconds into the third period.

Canada thought briefly it had the first goal of the game with 3:15 left in the first period, but Melodie Daoust and captain Marie-Philip Poulin were in the crease with the play blown dead. The official immediately signaled no goal.

Agosta put Canada up 1-0 at 7:18 of the second on the power play. With Megan Keller in the box for interfering with Poulin, Natalie Spooner in her 100th international game spun and hit Agosta in the slot with a backhanded pass. Agosta's shot went off Rooney's glove and in for the goal.

Nurse scored at 14:56 with a shot from the left circle that went off Rooney's elbow. Laura Stacey appeared to be offside as Canada brought the puck into the zone, but the United States did not challenge.

Officials awarded Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson a penalty shot at 16:08 of the second after Canadian forward Haley Irwin placed a glove on top of the puck in the crease amid a pile of bodies in the crease. Lamoureux-Davidson, who scored the fastest back-to-back goals in Olympic history in the U.S. win over Russia, went too slow and got the puck caught near her right foot before a backhand Lacasse easily deflected.

U.S. coach Robb Stauber started Maddie Rooney, his youngest goalie with all three of the U.S. wins against Canada.