Author Archives: Ashley Sturm

Behind the Games: Wrap-Up

From dangerous winds to wardrobe malfunctions, there wasn’t a dull moment in this year’s Winter Games. Russia couldn’t compete after its doping scandal, but some of its athletes did. And it all took us a few days to figure out what OAR (Olympic Athletes from Russia) stood for. North and South Korea came together during a rare moment of unity, ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Shani Davis

There is no slowing down Shani Davis! The 35-year-old has been skating almost as long as he could walk. Now, he’s competing in his 5th straight Winter Games. The Chicago native’s career started on roller blades when he was just two. By the time he was three, security guards had to slow him down on the rink. His mom’s boss, ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Elana Meyers Taylor

American bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor loves to compete. The 33-year-old grew up in Georgia, playing pretty much every sport she could. She was offered scholarships to play four sports in college. She choose softball. Elana comes from a military family. She didn’t want to enlist, but she still wanted to represent her country. The second best way to do that, ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Lindsey Vonn

When it comes to celebrity athletes, Lindsey Vonn is an A-lister. The 33-year-old is the most successful ski racer in American history. Lindsey is one of only six women to win World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing. She is a four-time World Cup overall champion. She also has both gold and bronze Winter Games medals. Off ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Adam Rippon

At 28 years old, figure skater Adam Rippon is the oldest American skater to make his Games debut in 80 years. He’s also the first openly gay athlete to qualify for Team USA in the Winter Games. Tonight I walked in the #OpeningCeremony and got to watch my old friend @Yunaaaa light the Olympic flame. Representing the USA is one ... Read More »

Behind the Games: AJ Edelman

One U.S. born Winter Games athlete is not representing America at this year’s games. Instead, he’s competing for a different country. AJ Edelman started playing hockey when he was three. He was so good, several prep schools tried recruiting him. Instead, he decided to stick with his Orthodox Jewish School. In college, he played hockey for MIT, but left his talent ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Nick Goepper

During this year’s Winter Games, over 200 athletes are competing for Team USA. One of them is from our own back yard! Nick Goepper grew up in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. He started skiing when he was 5 years old at Perfect North Slopes. His parents didn’t have extra money for lessons and they didn’t know much about skiing, but they helped ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Maame Biney

During this year’s Winter Games, you’re going to see something you’ve never seen before: an African American woman competing on Team USA’s Speed Skating Team. Even more remarkable, she’s only 18 years old! Maame Biney was born in Africa. She moved to the United States to live with her dad when she was five. Her mother and brother still live ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Chloe Kim

They call her the “Queen of Snow.” At only 17-years-old, American snowboarder Chloe Kim is already making a name for herself. PyeongChang will be her first Olympics, but it’s not the first time’s qualified for the Winter Games. She qualified for Sochi back in 2014, but she was too young to compete. Chloe is the only woman to ever land ... Read More »

Behind the Games: Nathan Chen

When it comes to Team USA in this year’s Winter Games, you need to watch out for Nathan Chen. The 18-year-old Utah native wanted to ice skate after watching his brothers play hockey. Nathan was three. His family didn’t have a lot of money for lessons, so his mom helped teach him. At 10 years old, Nathan became the youngest ... Read More »