The 2018 Winter Olympic Games are in full swing and supporters across the U.S. are rooting for hometown heroes representing their country in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
For anyone unsure of whether any Olympians hail from their region, USA Today has compiled a map revealing where each of the athletes live.
According to Team USA, the team consists of 135 men and 109 women. This year’s group of 244 athletes marks the largest American team in the history of the winter games.
Colorado, home to some of the most celebrated ski slopes in the world, is also home to the most competitors of the 31 states represented. With 31 Olympians from the Centennial State, it stands well in front of its nearest competitor, California, which sent 22 athletes.
Kim’s story is one for the record books. The daughter of Korean immigrants, she was good enough on the halfpipe to make it to the Sochi Games in 2014. But at just 13 years old, she was too young to make the team.
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Happy tears! Sharing this moment, @chloekimsnow Grandma, 2 aunts & 3 cousins who live in Korea. This is 1st time they’ve seen her race in person. #SoSpecial #TeamUSA #OlympicsOn11 pic.twitter.com/nJsTUokFNa
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Kim told “Today” show hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb that she had a difficult time holding back the tears when the national anthem began:
“I was like, ‘I can’t cry right now. I can’t do this. I worked so hard on my eyeliner!’” Kim said.
“It’s such an honor to just represent the U.S. and the country where my parents [emigrated] from,” she said. – READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [divider][/divider]
American teenage sensation Chloe Kim romped to Olympic snowboarding gold in the women’s halfpipe Tuesday before bursting into tears as the enormity of her achievement sunk in.
The 17-year-old, who has melted the hearts of home fans in Pyeongchang thanks to her ever-ready smile and Korean heritage, justified her status as the hot favourite with an eye-popping top score of 98.25.
Kim had been assured of gold before her pulsating final run after China’s Liu Jiayu crashed on her last descent.
Pumping her fists after finishing with back-to-back 1080 spins, Kim was serenaded by a pumped-up crowd chanting: “Chloe Kim, Chloe Kim!”
But after wrapping herself in the American flag, Kim was suddenly overcome with emotion and the tears flowed as she celebrated with her Korean parents.
“I’m a little overwhelmed,” she said after composing herself. “I don’t really know what’s happening and I’m actually feeling a little anxious right now. – READ MORE[contentcards url=”https://www.westernjournal.com/map-reveals-usas-2018-olympic-team-members/” target=”_blank”]