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.
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