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Adam Rippon performs during the men's short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018. Rippon, an athlete to watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics, is considered the first openly gay U.S. athlete to qualify for the Winter Olympics.
Nathan Chen poses after winning the men's skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, California, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Chen’s second straight win at the nationals earned him a spot on the 2018 Olympic team, making him a figure skater to watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Karen Chen poses after finishing third at the women's free skate event at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in San Jose, California, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. The bronze medal win earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympics team this year. Chen is among the athletes to watch at the Pyeongchang, South Korea, Winter Olympics.
In this March 1, 2015 file photo, Kelly Clark, poses for a photograph after competing in a World Cup halfpipe snowboard event in Park City, Utah. The 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics will be Clark's fifth Olympics, which makes her the only snowboarder to accomplish that feat. She’s an athlete to watch at the games.
In this Sept. 26, 2017, file photo, United States Olympic Winter Games slopestyle skier Nick Goepper poses for a portrait at the 2017 Team USA Media Summit in Park City, Utah. Goepper is an athlete to watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics, having last competed at the 2014 games, where he took home the bronze medal.
Sister and brother ice-dancing team Alex and Maia Shibutani pose for photographs wearing Team USA's Opening Ceremony uniforms for the upcoming Winter Olympics, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in New York. The pair, among athletes to watch at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, competed at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
Snowboard slopestyle gold medalist Jamie Anderson smiles at the Winter X Games, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in Aspen, Colorado. Anderson is an athlete to watch at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. She took home the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.