There are so many incredible athletes hitting the world stage this
year, it’s tough to play favorites. Here are 10 top teens we’ll be pulling for
Mikaela Shiffrin on the slopes
Mikaela is the reigning slalom world champion—and she’s just 18 years
old. The American, who is known as “Mika” abroad, will be competing in two
events, both the slalom and the giant slalom (which are scheduled to run on
Feb. 21 and Feb. 18, respectively). She is already a record-breaker, as the
youngest American to ever hold a world ski title.
Nick Goepper going for gold
He’s won the glitzy medal twice in a row at the X Games, and this year
Nick, 19, will tackle the Olympic’s first-ever freestyle skiing slopestyle
event. We love his story: This Indiana native went door to door, handing out
fliers and doing odd jobs to raise money for his equipment. He hits the slops
on Feb. 13.
At 15, Maggie is a high school freshman. But that’s not stopping her
from hitting the powder on Feb. 11 for Team USA in the women’s freestyle skiing
slopestyle event. She has won national and world championship events as well as
a silver medal at last year’s X Games.
Gracie Gold charming the judges
Eighteen-year-old Gracie nailed U.S. Nationals, taking home first place
and ticket to the Sochi Olympic Games. With her medal-ready name and complex,
artistic routines, she’s a success story in the making. Be on the lookout for
her trademark blond locks and red lips—and, oh yeah, those powerful, consistent
jumps. She competes for the new figuring skating team event Feb. 8 and Feb. 9,
then in the solo event Feb. 19 and Feb 20.
Julia Lipnitskaia skating for
Julia is the youngest European champion figure skater at just 15 years
old. Just two years ago, she was the junior world champion. Now, she’s looking
to pull a Tara Lipinski, who was the youngest gold medal-winning figure skater
Sara Takanashi jumping into the
Since 1924, men have been competing in ski jumping on the Olympic
level. But this is the first Games in which ski jumping will be a women’s
event, as well. Leading the charge is 17-year-old Japanese jumper Sara
Takanashi, who already has 17 World Cup wins under her belt.
…And Sarah Hendricken challenging
She looks like a old-timer to Sara, but at 19, American Sarah
Hendrickson may just be the only athlete who can truly compete with the
Japanese ski jumper. She was the 2013 world champion, but since then, she’s
suffered knee ligament damage—yikes! The two go head-to-head Feb. 11.
competing with her two sisters for Team Canada
The story of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters—Justine, 19, Chloe, 22, and
Maxime, 24—is a fantastic one. The trio take the three spots on Canada’s
freeystyle skiing moguls team. Best of all, they are all good enough to land on
the podium. Now wouldn’t that be a sight to see? They hit the powder Feb. 6 and
ski in the finals on Feb. 8.
Tucker West sliding to Sochi
The youngest male American luge Olympic competitor ever, Tucker, 18, got
his start in his own backyard. While watching the 2002 Games on TV, he and his
family said, “Hey, doesn’t that look like fun?” and built their own run. He
gets his start Feb. 8.
Arielle Gold going for, well,
Arielle has been strapping into snowboards since was 7 years old. Now,
she 17 and is taking the circuit by storm. This past year, she medaled at
almost every event she entered, including a bronze at her very first X Games
and gold at world championships. She
will be competing in women’s halfpipe on Feb. 12.
Which Olympians will you be
rooting for? Tell us in the comments!
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BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 2/7/2014 11:33:00 PM
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