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Who to Watch: Alpine Racing

The fastest skiers in America are all contenders for the podium during the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

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Ted Ligety

Ted Ligety
Photo courtesy of US Ski and Snowboard

Ligety is a perennial favorite as the 2006 and 2014 Olympic gold medalist and fivetime World Cup giant slalom champ. In fact, he is the only man in U.S. history to win two golds in alpine skiing. In 2015 he became the first skier to win three consecutive World Championship titles in giant slalom. Fun fact: Ligety founded goggle, helmet, and accessory company Shred Optics.

Hometown: Park City, Utah
Height / Weight: 5’11” / 190
Years on Team: 9
Ted “Shred” Ligety on Instagram

Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin
Photo courtesy of US Ski and Snowboard

Shiffrin landed a World Cup podium at just 16, and will undoubtedly continue to be a force to be reckoned with. In 2014, she was the youngest athlete to win an Olympic gold in slalom, as well as the youngest woman in U.S. history to win a world championship. As of January 2018, she has just about half as many World Cup victories as Vonn. Fun fact: She hates watching horror movies.

Hometown: Eagle-Vail, Colo.
Height / Weight: 5’7″ / 145
Years on team: 4
Mikaela Shiffrin on Instagram

Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn
Photo courtesy of Red Bull Content Pool

Vonn is one of the few four-event ski racers and the only American woman to grab downhill gold at the Olympics. The three-time Olympian has four World Cup overall titles and the overall all-time win record for women with 79 World Cup victories. She has her eye on the top prize for 2018. Fun fact: Vonn scored a hole-in-one during her first-ever 18-hole round of golf.

Hometown: Vail, Colo. 
Height / Weight: 5’10” / 160
Years on Team: 16
Lindsey Vonn on Instagram

Andrew Weibrecht

Andrew Weibrecht
Photo courtesy of US Ski and Snowboard

Known as one of the fastest and riskiest racers on the World Cup circuit, Weibrecht is a two-time Super G Olympic medalist, with a bronze in 2010 and silver in 2014. That puts him in an elite league with other two-time medalists Bode Miller, Ted Ligety, Tommy Moe, and Phil Mahre. Fun fact: Weibrecht’s nickname is “Warhorse” for the way he attacks the mountain.

Hometown: Lake Placid, N.Y.
Height / Weight: 5’7″ / 190
Years on Team: 13
Andrew Weibrecht on Instagram

You can find the entire Team USA roster for the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea on teamusa.org.

Wondering what it takes to get on this list? Check out “A Day in the Life,” covering Team USA rising star Bryce Bennett.

Note: In the original print version of this story, Julia Mancuso was included but she has since retired, and Steven Nyman has a knee injury and will not compete in PyeongChang.

Check out more of SKI Magazine’s Winter Olympic Coverage.