The 2022 Winter Olympics will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to get to know some of the incredible women athletes heading to Beijing. The US has a strong contingent, headlined by familiar faces like snowboarder Chloe Kim, alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, and short-track speed skater Maame Biney, but you’re also going to meet rising stars like figure skater Alysa Liu, hockey player Abby Roque, and long-track speed skater Erin Jackson. Of course, you’ll also want to keep an eye on other delegations from around the world. At just 17, freeskier Eileen Gu is already highly decorated and is poised to make a big debut for China, while the Russian contingent of women’s figure skaters, headlined by 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, has a legitimate chance to sweep the podium. There will be no shortage of storylines to follow at this Olympics.
If you’re just tuning back into the Winter Olympic world (is it just me, or does 2018 feel like a decade ago), we’ve prepped a primer on some of the women athletes we’ll be keeping an eye on at the 2022 Olympics. From the slopes to the ice rink to the bobsled track, keep reading to meet a few of the women will be pushing for the podium in Beijing.
To learn more about all the Olympic hopefuls, visit TeamUSA.org. Watch the Winter Olympics, beginning Feb 3 on NBC.