The 2018 Winter Olympic athletes to keep your eyes on

Feb. 12, 2018

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Adam Rippon

Claim to fame: The first out gay athlete to medal for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics

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A.J. Edelman

Claim to fame: Israel’s first Olympic athlete to compete in Skeleton

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Belle Brockhoff

Claim to fame: Coming out to her country on national television and criticizing Russia’s anti-gay laws ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi

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Charles Flaherty

Claim to fame: The first athlete to compete for Puerto Rico in the Winter Olympics since 1998

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Chloe Kim

Claim to fame: The youngest female snowboarder to win Olympic gold

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Elana Meyers Taylor

Claim to fame: She’s one of the top bobsledders in the world

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Erin Jackson

Claim to fame: The first African American woman to ever compete in long track

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Gus Kenworthy

Claim to fame: He’s the first male professional action sports athlete in the U.S. to come out as gay

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Hannah and Marissa Brandt

Claim to fame: The two sisters are representing different teams at the Winter Olympics — and have a chance to compete against each other

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Maame Biney

Claim to fame: She’s the first African-American woman to make the U.S. Olympic short track speed skating teams

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Mirai Nagasu

Claim to fame: The first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics

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