The men and women competing in the Winter Olympics 2018 are among the most fit and talented the world has ever seen. It’s nearly certain that records will be broken and athletes will achieve never-before seen feats that are a tribute to all their hard work and physical fitness.
The reason this is practically guaranteed is that it happens with each new set of Games. Four years is not a long time when it comes to training and perfecting one’s skill in a sport. But with the expert training Olympians now receive and with the cutting edge equipment they’re using, they continually take their sports to new heights.
Every new Games, the athletes competing in the Winter Olympics 2018 show the world that the human body – and spirit – are always capable of more. Just when we think we must have reached the limit to what can be accomplished, it is passed again…and again.
The following are some of the fittest athletes we’re watching in the Winter Olympics this year. Check out who they are and what they accomplished even before arriving in South Korea.
• Jamie Anderson (Snowboarder) – She already has a gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding, which she earned at the age of 27 when competing in Sochi in 2014. Since then, in 2015, 2016 and 2017 she has won gold and silver medals at the Winter X Games. She continues to love the sport just as much as she always had. Despite the work she’s had to put into competing in the Winter Olympics 2018, she still thinks of snowboarding as something joyful, fun, and great to do with friends.
• Nathan Chen (Figure Skater) – At 18 years old, this is Chen’s very first Winter Olympics, but he has already made his mark on the sport by becoming the first person ever to land five quadruple jumps within a single performance. Astoundingly, he has done it twice in two months.
Clearly, competitive performances have not been harmful to Chen’s ability to achieve. He claims to be able to block out absolutely everything other than the sport, going into “auto drive.” He thinks about nothing at all and trusts his body and mind to take him through an exceptional performance.
• Gus Kenworthy (Skier) – This skier has high hopes for competing in the Winter Olympics 2018 after having already earned a silver medal in Sochi 4 years ago. Since then, he took home two silver medals from the Winter X Games and took the 2017 International Ski Federation Freestyle Ski World Championships runner up position.