Here are some Americans to watch at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Freestyle skiing: Kenworthy was a silver medalist in slopestyle four years ago in Russia, but he made as many headlines for adopting some of Sochi’s stray dogs. And though he worried that it would hurt his sponsorships, he came out, and that boosted his marketability even more. Now he will be one of two openly gay U.S. athletes competing in Pyeongchang.
Snowboarding: Anderson, who will defend her slopestyle gold medal from Sochi, is third in the World Cup standings in that discipline, behind Reira Iwabuchi of Japan and New Zealand’s Christy Prior. Anderson has a shelf full of X Games medals; she won her first, a bronze, in 2006 when she was just 15.
Freestyle halfpipe: Bowman returns to defend her 2014 gold medal, but she will face tough competition from Kexin Zhang of China and Cassie Sharpe of Canada, not to mention her U.S. teammates, Brita Sigourney, who leads the World Cup rankings; Devin Logan (fifth); and Annalisa Drew (seventh).
Figure skating: At 18, Chen already is a two-time U.S. champion, and he won two gold medals in 2017 — in the ISU Grand Prix and the Four Continents Championship. Though young, Chen has a powerful repertoire that few can match: He performs five quads — jumps that include four revolutions — in his free skate and two in his short program. None of the three men on the U.S. skating team have Olympic experience. Vincent Zhou, 17, is even younger than Chen, and Adam Rippon is a rookie at age 28.
Alpine skiing: Ligety, 33, had not made a World Cup podium for three years before winning a bronze at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in late January. That sends the two-time Olympic gold medalist (the combined in 2006 and the giant slalom in 2014) to Pyeongchang on a high note.
Hockey: Rigsby will make her Olympic debut at goalie for the women’s team, which is seeking its first Olympic gold medal since 1998. Rigsby has played in four world championships for the United States, winning four gold medals. She has played the past three seasons for the Minnesota Whitecaps professional team.
Skeleton: In her third Olympics in 2014, Uhlaender finished off the podium, 0.04 seconds behind Russia’s Elena Nikitina. For a while, it looked as if she would move up to third and earn a bronze when Nikitina was stripped of her medal and banned from the Olympics in the wake of the scandal surrounding state-sponsored doping in Russia. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned Nikitina’s ban last week. Uhlaender is the top-ranked American woman (12th) in the World Cup standings.
Freestyle skiing: Wise enters the Olympics on a roll, winning gold at the Winter X Games after performing four doubles in four different directions on his final run. Wise will defend the halfpipe gold medal he won four years ago in Sochi.
Curling: Roth will be the skip for the U.S. women’s team at her first Olympics. In fact, none of her curling teammates — Tabitha Peterson, Becca Hamilton, Corey Christensen and Aileen Geving — have Olympic experience, either. Roth, who placed fifth at the world championships in 2017, has a nursing degree and works as a nurse in the Madison, Wisconsin area.