Top 10 US Athletes at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are scheduled to commence on February 04, as more than 2,800 athletes from all over the world prepare to battle for glory in the grand multi-sport event. Following the successful bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, a frenzied interest in winter sports has been sparkled across the whole of China.
Athletes are going to contend in 15 sports disciplines, in a total of 109 events. There is a multitude of top 10 rankings across various online sources regarding the different nations’ most renowned stars. Our team has decided to shine a spotlight on the leading US athletes taking part in the grand event and deliver an all-encompassing report based on their most recent accomplishments.
Mikaela Shiffrin, Alex Ferreira, and Erin Jackson are just a few of the big names we concentrate on. Here is our hand-picked list out of 224 US contenders to watch as the winter tournament kicks off.
- Mikaela Shiffrin
After winning gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, the youngest slalom champion in the history of Olympic alpine skiing ranks among the top US contenders at the 2022 Games.
Taking into consideration the fact that she is in the prime of her career, she will focus her strength on winning gold in all events she will take part in at the 2022 Beijing Games. Those events include the giant slalom (scheduled for February 07), the Women’s slalom (February, 09), the Women’s super-G (February 11), the Women’s downhill (February 15), and the Women’s alpine combined (February 17).
Provided she succeeds in acquiring three golds, she will become the most decorated Olympic alpine skier of all time. As Shiffrin herself commented: “It has to be gold or else that’s a huge disappointment”, considering the overwhelming pressure she is subjected to.
- Alex Ferreira
Born and raised in Aspen, Colorado, Alex tried skiing for the first time at the age of three. The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics will be the second time Alex represents the United States at the multi-sport competition. He won a silver medal at the men’s halfpipe event in freestyle skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. As a result of his participation in the 2019 Winter X Games XXIII and the 2020 Winter X Games XXIV, he ranked first in the Men’s Ski Superpipe.
The halfpipe skier is among the US shortlisted candidates to win an Olympic medal, as he seems to be literally unstoppable for the past few years. He says that his expectations for a gold medal are based on his previous silver title at the 2018 Winter Games and his desire to continuously improve.
As per the 2022 Beijing Freestyle Skiing schedule, Alex is going to participate in the Men’s Freeski Halfpipe events on February 17 and February 19.
- Erin Jackson
The world’s top-ranked speedskater initially tried figure skating at the age of eight years and started speed skating at a later age in September 2017. She proved to be a fast learner, as she transitioned to speed skating from inline speed skating. Jackson has been awarded the prize Roller Female Athlete of the Year of the US Olympic Committee in 2012, 2013, and 2015.
Her participation at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games remains as the first time an African-American woman has represented the United States in speed skating. Actually, her qualification for the tournament surpassed all expectations, considering she was relatively new to speed skating back then.
Those interested in speed skating might be intrigued to know that Erin’s teammate, Brittany Bowe decided to relinquish her spot in the US team in favor of her. Jackson was grateful beyond words, and ultimately Bowe was allowed to enter the team as well as a result of the re-allocation of unused quota spots.
- Shaun White
The three-time Olympic gold medalist in half-pipe snowboarding, Shaun White, is yet another US team member, which fans of the 2022 Beijing Games are sure to follow closely, especially in view of his intention for retirement from the games after the grand event. The Winter Olympics could really turn into a fabulous completion of a fantastic career. Holding the record for the most X-Games gold medals and most Olympic gold medals, White will contend in the Games for the fifth time.
After winning the gold in the snowboard halfpipe events at the 2006, 2010, and 2018 Winter Olympics, he is once again among the strongest pretenders for the great honor.
The first and second run of the qualifications for the Men’s Snowboard Halfpipe events are scheduled to take place on February 09, and the final runs are planned for February 11.
- Chloe Kim
Yet another star from the world of snowboarding is the 21-year-old US snowboarder Chloe Kim. She started snowboarding at the early age of four, and as she turned six, she was already part of Team Mountain High in Southern California.
Back in 2018, at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, at the age of 17, she became the youngest woman to win gold in women’s snowboard halfpipe. This achievement provided her with a spot on Time magazine’s annual 100 Most influential People list. She attributes her success to the combined efforts of her whole family, especially her father.
Among Kim’s other accomplishments are 6 gold medals from the X Games and 2 gold medals at the Winter Youth Olympic Games.
As for the Women’s Snowboard Halfpipe Schedule for the 2022 Beijing Games, fans of snowboarding will follow closely the qualification runs on February 09, and the final runs on February 10.
- Alysa Liu
- Discipline:Figure Skating
2 gold medals from 2019 and 2020 US Figure Skating Championships
- Instagram account:alysaxliu
The Californian figure skater has quite a lot of magnificent achievements in her career including the 2021 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, the 2021 CS Lombardia Trophy, as well as two gold medals from the US Figure Skating Championships in 2019 and 2020.
With the help of her first coach, Laura Lipensky, Alysa became the youngest skater in history. Liu is also currently the youngest member of the US Olympic Team at the 2022 Beijing Games. She is also renowned for completing a triple axel and a quadruple jump in the same program.
Her participation at the 2022 US Figure Skating Championships was hampered due to testing positive to Covid-19. However, the up-and-coming skating star seems to be ready for the Beijing Games.
The final event of the Women’s Single Skating Schedule at the 2022 Beijing Games is planned for February 17 and Liu is definitely getting ready to shine at the grand competition.
- Elana Meyers Taylor
The US favorite for bobsleigh Elana Meyers Taylor was originally chosen to be the flag-bearer for the US Team, but due to testing positive for Covid-19, she will remain in isolation at the time of the opening ceremony of the Winter Games. Her spot will be taken by speedskater Brittany Bowe. As Elana commented, “Being voted by my peers as the flag-bearer is the biggest honor of my career”, and she believes that Brittany is equally deserving of the high acclaim.
Since bobsleigh events at the 2022 Beijing Games start on February 10, she is optimistic she will be able to compete.
Her career in bobsleigh started back in 2007, when she visited the National Bobsleigh Team in Lake Placid, N.Y. Three years later she won her first bronze medal. With a lot of achievements under her belt, Elana has a fascinating career.
- John Shuster
Moving on to curling, the US Team boasts a real legend in the face of John Shuster. His debut at the Winter Games was back in 2006 in Turin when he won a bronze medal. After the letdown experienced in the 2010 Vancouver and the 2014 Sochi Games, he succeeded in leading his team to win the gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Games. This was the first gold medal in curling for the United States.
The 2022 Beijing Games will be Shuster’s fifth appearance at Winter Olympics. Apart from them, he has rich experience in the World Curling Championships, with a total of nine competitions from 2003 to 2021.
John Shuster is going to lead the United States team into the stadium at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Games, along with Brittany Bowe, which he defines as “the honor of a lifetime”.
As for the men’s curling schedule at the Games, it starts on February 09 and ends on February 19, and the US team is going to battle for glory with contestants from Russia, Sweden, Great Britain, Norway, Canada, China, Switzerland, and Italy.
- Emily Sweeney
The exhilarating sport of luge garners the interest of fans of high speed, as very often it is a matter of thousandths of the second to win a competition. Emily Sweeny will be representing the US team in the women’s singles and this will be her second participation in Olympic Games. At the 2018 PyeongChang Games, she won a bronze medal.
Her participation at the 2018 Olympics was marked by a horrific crash on her final run, leaving her with a broken neck and back. Other than that she was struggling emotionally after the incident, wrestling to find inner motivation and experiencing fear. Just nine months after the incident, she was able to overcome her anxiety and return to the World Cup circuit, where she grabbed another bronze medal.
She looks at the 2022 Beijing Games as a fresh opportunity to represent the US team and takes pride in her regained inner power and hopes for Olympic glory. The final event from the women’s singles runs is going to take place on February 08.
- Nathan Chen
Nathan Chen is surely aiming for the gold medal once again after his three World Figure Skating Championship wins in 2018, 2019, and 2021. Contrary to the high expectations at the 2018 Winter Olympics, he took home a bronze medal in the team event and did not succeed in winning a medal in the individual event. According to the young athlete, it was a great experience, which he enjoyed in spite of the fact that it may be regarded as a failure by some.
Actually, after his participation at the 2018 Winter Olympics, he has been victorious in every competition he had taken part in until October 2021. As for the U.S. Figure Skating Championship, Chen has won it a total of six times. The figure skater is also a three-time Grand Prix Final Champion for 2017,2018, and 2019.
Up to the present moment, American athletes have won a total of 305 medals at the Winter Olympic Games (105 gold, 112 silver, and 88 bronze), ranking them among the most victorious nations in the history of the major international multi-sport event.
The US Team competing at the 2022 Beijing Winter Games consists of 224 athletes, 116 men, and 108 women. The ice hockey, freestyle skiing, and snowboarding disciplines are the ones with the greatest number of contenders.
It will definitely be a pleasure to see all of them thriving at the 2022 Games, taking into consideration all the efforts, dedication, and discipline needed to take part in an event of such magnitude.