These Are the California Athletes Chasing Gold
Find out who’s who at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang from here in the Golden State.
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As the Olympic Winter Games commence in Pyeongchang, South Korea from February 9 thru 25, we’ll be watching from across the Pacific rooting on our U.S. athletes, particularly those who hail from right here in California. The Sacramento Bee compiled a list of all the California contenders vying for a spot on the medals podium. Here are a few highlights:
Chen, 18, has been ice skating since she was 4. This is her first Olympic appearance.
Hometown: Los Angeles
This is the first Olympic bid for the 28-year-old, who was an alternate in 2010. He’s the first man to win consecutive World Junior titles (2008-09).
This will be the 32-year-old’s third Olympic appearance. His highest Olympic finish in both the four-man and two-man events is 12th place.
Hometown: Ladera Ranch
Blum, 28, is the first California native to be selected in the first round of the NHL draft, going 23rd overall in 2007 to the Nashville Predators. The first-time Olympian is now playing in the seven-country Kontinental Hockey League.
Hometown: South Lake Tahoe
Anderson, 27, won a gold medal in slopestyle four years ago in Sochi. In 2006, she became the youngest Winter X Games medalist, winning a bronze in slopestyle at age 15.
The most famous of this year’s California Olympians is competing in his fourth Games. White, 31, has two gold medals in halfpipe (2006, 2010) and is a star in the X Games as a skateboarder and snowboarder.
The 17-year-old is heading into her first Olympic games. She has three gold medals in X Games halfpipe competitions.
See the full list of athletes here.
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