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Q: Who are the Americans to watch?
Of course, there are always expectations that Canada's hockey teams will reach the podium, and Solkowski says the lack of NHL players competing in PyeongChang doesn't change that.
Captain and blueliner Hiirikoski is the best player in the world at her position, and she will be vital to shutting down the American attack and providing bursts from the blue line in Finland's attacking zone.
In a dazzling performance not seen since Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy landed the fabled Iron Lotus in the movie "Blades of Glory", Chen past year became the first man in global skating history to land five quadruple jumps in a long program. The team has won bronze at three different world tournaments. There's good reason to believe the U.S.
The U.S. snowboarding team is as strong as ever. Katie Crowley was on that inaugural US team and said the drought has been surprising considering the quality of players dressing for the Americans.
Q: Who WON'T be there? You knew it was going to be a hard-fought game, and the Finns were certainly going to bring their best. Contrary to the belief of many hockey fans in the United States, there is actually a market for global hockey, especially in Europe where fans grew up on the World Championships before it was common for Europeans playing in the NHL.
American Ashley Wagner was a surprise omission from the USA figure skating roster after Tennell's breakout performances in Skate America and the national championships.
Olympic Men's Team from Russia - Playing under a neutral flag due to the Russian doping scandal, this squad can still fall back on superstars Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk. Canada has won every gold medal since 2002, defeating the Americans in the final every time except for in 2006, when Sweden made the final with a shootout victory over the U.S.in the semifinals.
Injured skiers Travis Ganong and Steve Nyman won't compete, and Julia Mancuso - at 33, the most awarded skier in USA history - recently retired. When it comes to age, the most significant advantage he sees is his ability to rely on his "experience and knowledge of being in big events and games".
"Every country is going to come prepared to win", Stauber said, "and we see that, we feel it, we sense it, and we're just very, very aware that we're not going to be the country that falls asleep on somebody else". That indeed is the key to success at the Olympics, along with special teams and great goaltending.
United States' Lindsey Vonn smiles at the finish area during an alpine ski, women's world Cup downhill race, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. They are the seventh ranked women's curling team in the world.
The U.S. hasn't won a gold medal in men's hockey since 1980.
Granato was selected as the men's head coach for Team USA by his former Wisconsin and Olympic teammate Jim Johannson. This diplomatic strategy angered many in South Korea, coming so close to the start of the Games.
Canadian Men's Team - They might not have Sidney Crosby or Steven Stamkos, but the Canadian men's team is loaded with former National Hockey League players.
The IIHF women's World Championship began in 1990, when Canada beat the US 5-2 win in the final round.
Q: So how can I watch all of this?
In two recent exhibition games with Team Canada in Latvia - both victories - Kelly was designated as the captain. And what are the best bets to make on speed skating, skiing, bobsled, and snowboarding? And everything will be available via live-streaming - including the Opening Ceremonies, which begin at 6 a.m.