Your next Olympic stars: 10 athletes to watch in Pyeongchang

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There’s no bigger stage than the Olympics and some athletes take advantage of the big stage to break out into the world.

From teenage stars to under-the-radar veterans chasing their first gold medals, these Olympians are all ready for their shot at glory in Pyeongchang.

Here are 10 athletes that could make history, break records and become the next big stars at the Winter Olympics.

 

<p>Chloe Kim, a 17-year-old Winter Olympics newcomer from Los Angeles, has been making headlines in the snowboarding world since long before she was old enough to compete at the Olympic level. </p>
Chloe Kim

Chloe Kim, a 17-year-old Winter Olympics newcomer from Los Angeles, has been making headlines in the snowboarding world since long before she was old enough to compete at the Olympic level.

<p>Two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen plans to complete five quadruple jumps in his free skate in Pyeongchang. Chen is the only skater competing with five different types of quadruple jumps. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File) </p>
Nathan Chen

Two-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen plans to complete five quadruple jumps in his free skate in Pyeongchang. Chen is the only skater competing with five different types of quadruple jumps. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)

<p>United States’ Maame Biney is the first African-American woman to qualify for the U.S. Speedskating team. The Ghana-native secured her Olympic berth by finishing first in the 500m at the U.S. Trials. </p>
Maame Biney

United States’ Maame Biney is the first African-American woman to qualify for the U.S. Speedskating team. The Ghana-native secured her Olympic berth by finishing first in the 500m at the U.S. Trials.

<p>Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva is the two-time defending World Champion heading into the Olympics. Medvedeva is also the world record holder in the ladies’ short program, free skate and combined total scores. </p>
Evgenia Medvedeva

Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva is the two-time defending World Champion heading into the Olympics. Medvedeva is also the world record holder in the ladies’ short program, free skate and combined total scores.

<p>U.S. Olympic Winter Games snowboarding big air / slopestyle hopeful Hailey Langland was the first woman to land a double cork in X-Games history. </p>
Hailey Langland

U.S. Olympic Winter Games snowboarding big air / slopestyle hopeful Hailey Langland was the first woman to land a double cork in X-Games history.

<p>Japan’s Nao Kodaira is one of the oldest athletes on this list at 31. But the Olympic silver medalist is unbeaten in the 500 meters at home or abroad in 24 races stretching back to last season and the current 1,000 world record holder. </p>
Nao Kodaira

Japan’s Nao Kodaira is one of the oldest athletes on this list at 31. But the Olympic silver medalist is unbeaten in the 500 meters at home or abroad in 24 races stretching back to last season and the current 1,000 world record holder.

<p>Karen Chen, an 18-year-old figure skater from Fremont, CA, has been skating since she was 4. Now, she is gearing up to take the ice with Team USA’s figure skating team in Pyeongchang, South Korea. </p>
Karen Chen

Karen Chen, an 18-year-old figure skater from Fremont, CA, has been skating since she was 4. Now, she is gearing up to take the ice with Team USA’s figure skating team in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

<p>Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the best slalom athletes in the world. Shiffrin, who captured a gold medal as a teenager in 2014, would cement her status as a star by defending her title. </p>
Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin is one of the best slalom athletes in the world. Shiffrin, who captured a gold medal as a teenager in 2014, would cement her status as a star by defending her title.

<p>Nigerian women’s bobsled team members Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga wave will be the first from their country to compete at the Winter Olympics. </p>
Nigerian women’s bobsled team

Nigerian women’s bobsled team members Seun Adigun, Ngozi Onwumere and Akuoma Omeoga wave will be the first from their country to compete at the Winter Olympics.

<p>The Shibutanis are heading into their second Olympics after placing ninth at the Sochi Games. Since then, the brother-sister duo have medaled three times – a silver and two bronzes – at the World Championships. </p>
Maia and Alex Shibutani

The Shibutanis are heading into their second Olympics after placing ninth at the Sochi Games. Since then, the brother-sister duo have medaled three times – a silver and two bronzes – at the World Championships.

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