Four of Virginia’s finest athletes will be competing during this year’s Winter Olympic Games!
Out of the 242 athletes that will be representing the United States at the Winter Olympics in South Korea over the next two weeks, four hail from Virginia: women’s speed skater Maame Biney, men’s bobsledder Hakeem Abdul-Saboor, USA hockey team member Garret Roe, and women’s freestyle skiing aerialist Ashley Caldwell!
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Freestyle skier Ashley Caldwell, 24, competes in “aerials,” during which the contestants ski down a steep slope onto a large ramp, then fly high into the air while performing flips, twists, and twirls -- all while trying to land gracefully on two feet. Caldwell’s odds of winning a medal are quite good, as she is the first American to complete a quadruple-twist backflip.
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Speed skater Maame Biney, 18, of Reston is the first Ghanaian native and the first African American female to earn a spot on the United States’ speed skating team. Expect to see exceptional speed and athleticism as Biney and others compete in speed skating events!
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Keep your eyes on Vienna's Garrett Roe, the former American Hockey League player who will be part of Team USA's hockey team! Their games will air live on February 14, at 7:10 a.m. on NBCSN, February 15, at 10:10 p.m. on CNBC, and February 17, at 7:10 a.m. on NBCSN.
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Powhatan bobsledder Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (the former football player-turned-bodybuilder-turned-Olympic bobsledder) will share the limelight with other exceptionally talented athletes during NBC’s primetime coverage on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19 at 8 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 24 and Saturday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m.
Live Stream coverage of all events can also be viewed on NBC’s 2018 Winter Games Website,
and each of the NBC networks will show bonus and encore presentations of events during the entire duration of the games!
Go Team USA! Do you happen to know any of these great Virginia athletes? Weigh in below and let us know!