Five Up And Coming Women Athletes To Watch At 2014’s Winter Olympics.
The 2014 Winter Olympics are to be held in Sochi, Russia, the first for this country since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Sochi, located along the coast of the Black Sea, is considered Russia’s largest resort city, even boasting a subtropical climate.
With the opening ceremony scheduled for Friday, February 7th, it’s sure to be a spectacle of intense competition and dazzling showmanship. It’s been estimated that approximately 2500 athletes are set to compete in the games. The following are five female athletes who are at the top of their sport and will be going for gold at this year’s Winter Olympics.
This South Korean superstar will likely be remembered as one of the greatest female figure skaters. She’s the first female skater to win the Olympics, the World Championships, the Grand Prix Final, and the Four Continents Championship. At the 2013 World Championship for figure skating she won by more than ten points. She is known as “Queen Yuna” in her home country. Between endorsements and prize money, she is one of the highest paid female athletes in the world.
American Lindsey Vonn is a veteran alpine skier and a sports icon. Lindsey debuted at her first Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake City. She was only 17 at the time. She became the first American woman to win the downhill title in the 2010 Olympics. She also holds the record for the most World Cup titles. Vonn has won World Cup races in each of the five areas of alpine skiing. Vonn will be up for a challenge, however, since she’s recovering from knee surgery. Recently, she has been skiing well and seems to be physically and mentally ready to give it her all in Sochi.
This Japanese ski jumper is just 17 and less than five feet tall. Even though she’s only been competing since 2011, she’s a favorite to win in the women’s ski jumping events. Sara recently won the women’s World Cup ski jump. Sara’s biggest competition will probably come from American Sarah Hendrickson.
A Canadian bobsledder, Kaillie Humphries won the two-woman bobsleigh event at the 2010 Olympic games. She has been competing since 2004. She started bobsledding at age 17 and began in the position of brakeman. In 2006 she moved into the driver’s seat and became a pilot. She was the 2010 Olympic champion and has won seven World Championship medals as well.
Petra is a United States speed skater with wins in both long and short speed skating. She holds several Outdoor Mass Start National records. Skating runs in the family. Her grandfather, Howard Ganong, was a champion speed skater. When she’s not skating, Petra travels all over the world participating in humanitarian projects. She is a student at Ashwoth College.
Those who follow Olympic competition will want to be sure to catch a glimpse of each one of these athletes as they compete. Whether it’s the elegance of figure skating, the thrill of the bobsled, the pure athleticism of downhill skiing, or any of the many events featured this year, fans will find something to enjoy during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
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