The time has come again for the Winter Olympics and all the pomp and circumstance that comes with it. For the next few weeks, we will be barraged with all of the hoopla that surrounds this event which is held every four years. This year PyeongChang, South Korea is the hosting Country and surprisingly North Korea and South Korea will march together under one flag for the opening ceremonies. Making its way around 17 provinces and cities across the Republic of Korea, the Olympic flame will spotlight those nation’s cultures, allowing the people to share in all of the excitement.
In every Olympic game, there are always a handful of athletes who stand out from the rest of the pack for not only their impressive athleticism but for their sizzling physiques and stylish personalities. For years, the endless hours of grueling training have finally paid off for these athletes and their perfectly content to flaunt their beauty on and off the ice and slopes. Some of them may be remembered for decades to come, like Dorothy Hamill, Picabo Street and Peggy Fleming. This is a list of the fittest females bringing heat to the 2018 winter games, and it’s a given to say this year's winter Olympics will be way hotter than the summer ones ever were.
17 Silje Norendal, Norway, Snowboarding
This Norwegian snowboarding beauty competes in the halfpipe, boardercross and slopestyle. Her accolades include being a 3-time X Games Slopestyle gold medalist, and X Game Norway big air gold medalist and a World Championship Big Air bronze medalist. In the last Winter Olympics in 2014 in Sochi, Russia, she almost made it to the podium and finished fourth in the Slopestyle semifinals. Silje will have two chances at a medal in PyeongChang, competing in Slopestyle and Big Air. The 24-year-old, 5’6” bombshell began learning to snowboard at age 4 at a local resort that was only 10 minutes away from their home in Norway. Only two years later, Norendal entered her first competition.
16 Lindsey Vonn, USA, Alpine Skiing
There are not many people out there who have not heard of 33-year-old Lindsey Vonn in one way or another. She has some stunning statistics for an athlete, but many people remember her for dating Tiger Woods after his marriage failed due to his scandals. In all five disciplines of alpine skiing - super-G, giant slalom, downhill, slalom, and super combined, she is one of only six women to have won World Cup races in all of them for a total of 81 World Cup races in her career. Featuring Olympians from the 2010 Winter games, Lindsay has appeared in the 2010 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition where, except for body paint, she was completely nude. She also ranked 59th on Maxim's Hot 100 list that year.
15 Madison Chock, USA, Ice Dancer
Just as long as her name Madison La'akea Te-Lan Hall Chock is, so is her list of achievements in the figure skating ice dancing world. Born in Redondo Beach, California, the 25-year-old is a two-time World medalist (silver in 2015, bronze in 2016), a U.S. national champion (2015), a four-time Four Continents medalist (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017), a World Junior champion (2009), a JGP Final champion (2008) and a U.S. national bronze medalist (2011). Her list of Ice dancing achievements goes on and on. Not only did she participate in the 2014 winter Olympics, but now she will be going for the gold in the 2018 Winter Olympics with her partner Evan Bates. Her stunning style and grace on the ice is nothing short of beautiful for this amazing athlete of Chinese, Hawaiian, German, English, Irish, French and Dutch descent
14 Rosalind Groenewoud, Canada, Freestyle Skiing
The 28-year-old freestyle skier and member of the Canadian halfpipe team is participating for the second time in the winter Olympics. Despite injuries which required surgery on both her knees before the 2014 Winter Olympics, Roz G continues to qualify for Canada’s team and has won many medals in various competitions. Not only is she beautiful outside, but inside as well. On her helmet in all competitions, she carries the name of her deceased friend and teammate Sarah Burke whom she considers to be her hero and inspiration. Burke was seriously injured while training on the superpipe in Park City, Utah. The 5’10”, 135 lb freeskier has a ritual she partakes in before competitions by wearing purple underwear, purple hair elastics, a Canadian flag bandana and red lipstick.
13 Jamie Anderson, USA, Snowboarding
Being born and raised in South Lake Tahoe, California was the perfect place to allow Jamie Anderson to spend almost all of her time on the slopes. She is one of the most successful female snowboarders and has won Olympic Gold in 2014 at Sochi in the debut of women’s snowboard slopestyle. Not only is she a great athlete, she is also an incredible inspiration and role model to all women. Jamie has been quoted as saying, “I would tell girls to love themselves more than anything, find something that they truly are passionate about and to follow their dreams and trust that they can do anything they believe in!” How much more inspirational could that possibly be?
12 Seun Adigun, Nigeria, Bobsled
31-year-old Illinois born Seun Adigun is a Nigerian-American track and field athlete who specializes in the 100 meters hurdles. But wait, we’re talking the Winter Olympics here so what gives? Well, In 2016, she founded the Nigeria Bobsled team and is representing Nigeria at the 2018 Winter Olympics in a 3-women bobsled team, the first African team to compete. The 5’0”, 115 lb beauty said, “I was a member of the U.S. team for a year when I learned that Nigeria had never had a bobsled team, and then I found out that Africa had never been represented by any man or woman in this sport at all. When I switched from the U.S. team to the Nigerian team, I moved from the brakes to the driver’s seat, from having no control to having all the control.” Way to go girl!
11 Spencer O'Brien, Canada, Snowboarding
Even though 30-year-old Olympic athlete Spencer O’Brien didn’t get to stand on the podium at the 2014 Winter Olympics at Sochi, her sport ‘slopestyle snowboarding’ was quite a big hit with its Olympic debut. In an interview with Best Health (Reader's Digest), the 5’7”, 150 lb athlete said, “With snowboarding, the first few days are the hardest. It’s just really awkward at first because it’s not the natural way to stand at all. You just have to give it a little bit of time, but then you’ll love it after a few days!” According to the X Games champion, her ‘Big air’ event is usually built out of scaffolding and takes place on a large steep ramp, but PyeongChang 2018 is different because it is built on a ski jump hill which makes for a bigger jump, a steeper drop in and a much softer landing.
10 Alexa Scimeca Knierim, USA, Ice Dancing
This 26-year-old 2016 Four Continents silver medalist, 2014 Four Continents bronze medalist and two-time U.S. National champion, skates as a pair with her husband, Chris. They are the only U.S. pair team to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang. It is nothing short of amazing that she is able to partake in the games at all because she fell very ill to what she claims was, “a series of binding internal issues.” It took 10 doctors to correctly diagnose her and after three abdominal surgeries, she worked hard to get herself back into tip-top shape. She is very inspirational and said, “It’s kind of a blessing, I think, because, now we don’t really take our training and our lives for granted.”
9 Sofia Goggia, Italy, Alpine Skiing
8 Chloe Kim, USA, Snowboarding
Unable to compete at the Sochi Winter Olympics because she was too young, today she is 17-years-old and is ready to perform. In the 2014 Winter X Games she won a silver in the Superpipe event and then the next year she won the gold. In the 2016 X Games, she was the first person under the age of 16 to win three back-to-back gold medals at an X Game. Kim was nominated as Best Breakthrough Athlete in the 2016 ESPYS awards and is currently being sponsored by Target. She also is the first woman to ever land back-to-back 1080 spins in a snowboarding competition. She scored 100 points which is perfect and is one of a handful of rider’s to ever do so.
7 Torah Bright, Australia, Snowboarding
This 31-year-old Olympic gold and silver medalist lives and trains in the United States in Salt Lake City, Utah, but she was born in Cooma, New South Wales and will be representing Australia in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. She won a silver medal in Sochi for the Halfpipe which was Australia's first medal in the games. Torah also danced her way into everyone’s hearts by participating in season 14 of Dancing With The Stars. Her endorsements are plentiful and include a lifelong sponsorship with Rhythm Snowsports, a head-to-toe sponsorship with Roxy which is the female-specific brand of Quiksilver, Subway and Boost Mobile.
6 Anna Gasset, Austria, Snowboarding
Before Anna Gasser started to compete in snowboarding she was part of the Austrian National Gymnastics Team. She qualified first in the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Slopestyle final event, but fell during both her runs and ranked tenth. She did, however, win gold in the 2017 Big Air event in the Sierra Nevada World Championships. In 2013 Anna made history as the first female snowboarder to put down a cab double underflip and that was only the beginning. She has also successfully landed a cab double cork 1080 and we probably can expect doubles to be a big part of her runs in the Slopestyle and Big Air events in PyeongChang.
5 Penny Coomes, Great Britain, Ice Dancing
This is not Penny Coomes’ first rodeo so to speak, as this will be the third time she has competed in the Winter Olympics. Representing Great Britain, the 28-year-old and her partner Nicholas Buckland have won many international medals and are also five-time British national champions. Even though her career has been peppered with injuries from reconstructive foot surgery to a devastating kneecap fracture, Penny has not let anything stand in her way. After coming in tenth at Sochi, the pair are hoping to get an Olympic medal this time because they believe they are a much stronger team both mentally and physically.
4 Giada Russo, Italy, Figure Skating
20-year-old, two-time Italian National Champion Giada Russo started skating when she was only three and a half years old. She started winning competitions in 2011 and hasn’t looked back since. Giada was born in Turin, Italy and is currently studying psychopedagogy which is a combination of two main branches of study, pedagogy and psychology. Her hobbies include music, reading and not surprising, shopping. In 2006 Giada was one of the flower girls at the figure skating venue in the Turin Winter Olympics. She got to pick up the flowers and stuffed toys that were thrown on to the ice after the skater’s performed and she said, “Naturally, like all children, I dreamed about competing at the Olympic Games one day and now this dream comes true. It's a great honour to represent my country."
3 Rowan Cheshire, Great Britain, Freestyle Skiing
When you talk about incredible drive and determination, you can’t help but mention this young British freestyle skier, Rowan Cheshire. At only 20-years-old she has been through so much more than most others at any age. When she was competing at Sochi in the 2014 Winter Olympics, she was knocked unconscious during training and was forced to withdraw because she suffered a broken nose and a severe concussion. It would be the first of three head injuries that she would sustain over an 18 month period which resulted in her suffering severe mental and physical side effects. After two years away from the sport, in 2016 she got her game back and has been progressing ever since.
2 Jamie Greubel Poser, USA, Bobsledder
At the suggestion of one of her college track and field teammates, Jamie took up bobsledding after she graduated from Cornell University in 2006 with a master’s degree in education. While she was at Cornell she managed to set records in the indoor pentathlon and the heptathlon. In 2012 she won her first Bobsleigh World Cup medal and went on to win a bronze medal in the Two-woman Bobsleigh event at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Greubel is now in the pilot position, but she started in the sport as a brakeman. Even though Jamie will be representing the US, don’t be alarmed if you see her cheering for Germany in PyeongChang. Her husband and fellow bobsledder, Christian Poser, competes for Germany.
1 Monique & Jocelyne Lamoureux, USA, Ice Hockey
Taking up the last spot on our list today are identical twins Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux. As teenagers, both of them were all-state in ice hockey. When they were twelve years old they played together on a Peewee A Boy’s team called the Wheat Kings. They probably should have renamed the team the Wheat Queens, because the twins led the team to the North Dakota State Hockey championship. Since 2009, the twins have been with the U.S. women’s team and were both integral to the 2010 and 2014 silver medal-winning Olympic teams. The sisters stay in hockey shape by occasionally playing with an elite women’s travel team known as the Minnesota Whitecaps. Because the team relies on donated ice time to play their games, they are affectionately known as the “hockey nomads”.
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