Winter Olympians of 2018: where are they now?

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Winter Olympians of 2018: where are they now?

Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Tim Hipps

Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Tim Hipps

Tim Hipps

Team USA at the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics

Caleb Miller, Staff Writer

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While winter sports might keep us glued to the TV during the Winter Olympics every four years, it seems as though immediately after the closing ceremony the athletes that were at one point celebrities quickly fade into the background. These are a few of the 2018 Olympians and what has kept them busy in the meantime.

 

Chloe Kim

The half-pipe gold medalist from 2018 has definitely kept busy since the closing ceremony. On Jan. 19, 2019, Kim competed in the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Laax, Switzerland. She clinched her second consecutive win with a score of 89.00 on her first run, only to top it with 93.75 on her second attempt. She also won the award for best female athlete at the 2018 ESPY awards in July. As far as the future goes, she is returning to the U.S. for the X Games in Colorado on Jan. 24, 2019. Then she will head off to the world championships in Park City, Utah that begins on Feb. 1, 2019.

 

Mikaela Shiffrin

Shiffrin was able to claim one gold and one silver in Alpine skiing last year and is making great headway as she enters the new year. She won a World Cup on Jan. 20, 2019, finishing just 0.16 seconds ahead of Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein. This win furthers her path toward the record for most wins in a single season that was previously set by the Swiss great Vreni Schneider in 1988-89 at 14 wins.

 

John Shuster

Shuster led the U.S. curling team in PyeongChang, helping to increase the popularity of the sport among those of us watching back home. He did a remarkable job as the team was able to snag gold for the first time in U.S. history within the sport.

This win comes after years of rejection, with Shuster finishing last in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and next to last in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. All of this is to say that Shuster is definitely happy with where he is at now and has appeared along with the rest of his team on television shows from “TODAY” to “The Tonight Show.” Currently, he is playing for Team North America at the Continental Cup in Las Vegas.

 

Ted Ligety

Alongside running his own sports gear business, the Olympic alpine skier has continued to work hard on and off the course. Ligety shocked the world in the Torino 2006 Olympics by being the youngest American male to win a gold medal in Alpine skiing. He won two gold medals last year and has continued to stay busy in the meantime as he has also made an appearance at the World Cup.

 

All in all, the athletes have been able to start off the year at a great pace and are on track to some remarkable accomplishments. They might not always be in the Olympic spotlight, but that does not mean that they will do anything less than their best