Local athletes will be competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics
The weather is chilly, snow is falling and the Winter Olympics are back. This year they are being held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea, from Feb. 9 to Feb. 25. Sports such as bobsled, hockey and short track speed skating will be a part of this worldwide sporting event, featuring some athletes from the DMV.
According to a Washington post article, this is the second time that Haley has tried to be a part of the Olympics. The last time she missed the cut and she began to doubt herself. "I was just disappointed, like, I didn't know what to do next," Skarupa stated. After a summer of taking a break and avoiding hockey for about four months, Skarupa continued to train even harder to qualify for the next Olympics.
Hong finished fourth overall at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, qualifying for the 2018 team. This beats his score in the 2014 Olympic Trials where he was eleventh overall, and the youngest competitor at the time. In 2012, he won first place in the Winter Youth Olympic Games, a 3000 meter relay that ended in a gold medal and a 500 meter that ended in fourteenth overall.
In an interview with US Ski and Snowboard, Caldwell described her freestyle ski career as a roller coaster. "My career could be characterized by its extreme ups and downs—literally and figuratively. I have taken a lot of crashes and had my fair share of injuries, but I've also come away with some great results, including two Olympic Games appearances, an overall title and a World Championship medal," Caldwell says.
Biney is also the youngest woman on the US short track team as a medal contender. She earned the bronze medal at the 2016-2017 Short Track Junior World Championships, and placed fifth at the 2017-2018 World Cup in Shanghai, as well as seventh in the 2017-2018 World Cup Budapest.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Biney talked about how the reality of going to Olympics has not yet set in. "I don't think it'll set in until I'm there, or until the Games are done. Things that are this big, it takes me awhile because I just can't believe it," Biney exclaims.
With these local athletes competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, Blazers should watch the Games live coverage starting February 9 through the 25 on NBC.