Asian American athletes to watch in PyeongchangPooja Gupte
Feb 11, 2018
Over the years, Team USA has slowly become increasingly diverse in its team composition. Out of the 242 athletes competing for Team USA in PyeongChang this month, 12 of them are from the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. These 12 athletes come from a variety of backgrounds and are competing in various events.
As a third time Olympic short track speed skater, Celski has already made a name for himself in his sport. He won silver in the 5,000-meter relay in 2014 and bronze in the same event in 2010 and also has a long list of various championships and awards to his name.
Hailing from Fremont, California, Chen is an 18-year-old figure skater who won the bronze Nationals medal at the United States championships in 2018 and 2015.
Chen is an 18-year-old figure skater from Salt Lake City, Utah. He won gold at the 2017 International Skating Union Grand Prix and became the first man in the history of the sport to land five quadruple jumps at the 2017 figure skating championships.
Competing with her partner Evan Bates, Chock is two-time Olympic ice dancer and a two-time world medalist. Residing in Novi, Michigan, Chock is Chinese Hawaiian on her father’s side.
Hong is a 20-year-old short track speed skater from Laurel, Maryland. He finished fourth place overall in the USA team trials.
Kim is a first-time Olympian snowboarder from Torrance, California. She won gold at the 2016 Youth Olympic Games in the halfpipe and slopestyle.
Langland is a 17-year-old snowboarder competing in slopestyle, halfpipe and big air events. Langland is the youngest female to represent the United States in snowboarding.
Nagasu is a two-time Olympic figure skater, competing in the 2010 and 2018 Olympic games. She won fourth place at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Alex and Maia Shibutani
A two-time Olympic ice dancing pair, Alex and Maia Shibutani are brother and sister and have been skating together since 1998. The two are three-time World medalists and 2016 four continents champions.
Tran is a 22-year-old short track speed skater from Federal Way, Washington. He finished in third place overall at the Team USA trials.
Zhou is a 17-year-old solo figure skater from Palo Alto, California, who recently won gold in the 2017 ISU World Junior Championships.
Featured photo courtesy of US Ski and Snowboard.