Olympic Trials to Watch Ahead of 2018 Games in PyeongChang

With the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, less than two months away, most athletes are competing for their spots on Team USA. With the exception of biathlon and curling athletes, competitors in the other disciplines will be selected throughout December and January. Here are the Chicago-area Olympic hopefuls to watch for as trials begin.

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Short Track Speed Skating
nOlympic Team Trials: Dec. 15-17, 2017, in Kearns, UT
nThe top-ranked skater in each distance (500-meter, 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter) will secure a spot on the Olympic team. The second-ranked skater in each distance may be selected to the team if quotas remain unfilled. The U.S. qualified 8 short track speed skaters, including 5 men and 3 women.
nLocal Olympic hopefuls: Katherine Reutter-Adamek (pictured) of Champaign; Lana Gehring of Glenview
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Mixed Doubles Curling
nOlympic Team Trails: Dec. 13-17 in Blaine, Minn.
nThe team that wins the tournament will be named to the Olympic team.
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Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined
nOlympic Team Trials: Dec. 30-31, 2017 in Park City, UT
nThe male and female athlete that win trials will secure a spot on the Olympic team. The rest of the team will be named based on athletes’ results and overall body of work. The official team announcement will be made Jan. 22, 2018.
nLocal Olympic hopefuls: Kevin Bickner (pictured) of Wauconda; Mike Glasder of Fox River Grove; Casey Larson of Barrington; A.J. Brown of Fox River Grove
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U.S. Women’s Ice Hockey
nThe final 2018 U.S. Olympic Women’s Ice Hockey Team will consist of 23 players. The team is expected to be announced on Jan. 1, 2018.
nLocal Olympic hopefuls: Kendall Coyne (pictured) of Palos Heights; Megan Bozek of Buffalo Grove; Hilary Knight raised in Chicago
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U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey
nThe team is expected to be announced on Jan. 1, 2018. For the first time since the 1994 Olympic Winter Games, the roster will not include players from the NHL, which decided to forego the 2018 Games. Team USA’s roster will consist of players in college, the AHL and Americans playing professionally in Europe.
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Long Track Speed Skating
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Olympic Team Trials:
Jan. 2-7, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wis.
nU.S. Speedskating will select up to 20 athletes to round out the Olympic team, following the team trials.
nLocal Olympic hopefuls: Shani Davis (pictured) of Chicago; Brian Hansen of Glenview; Emery Lehman of Oak Park; Jeffrey Swider-Peltz of Wheaton; Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. of Wheaton
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Figure Skating
n2018 National Championships: Dec. 29, 2017-Jan. 7, 2018 in San Jose, Calif.
nThe U.S. will send three women, three men and one pair to the Olympics. U.S. Figure Skating will make their official selections after Nationals based on athletes’ overall body of work.
nLocal Olympic hopefuls: Jason Brown (pictured) of Highland Park; Alexa Scimeca-Knierim of Addison (pairs); Bradie Tennell of Buffalo Grove (women)
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Bobsled
nThe official team roster is expected to be announced on Jan. 15, 2018. Athletes are selected for the Olympic team based on various criteria and results.
nLocal Olympic hopefuls: Aja Evans (pictured, left) of Chicago
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Luge
nTeam USA will have up to 10 athletes, including three men’s singles, three women’s singles and two sets of doubles. The last of five world cup events will take place on Dec. 16. The 2018 U.S. Olympic Luge Team announcement is expected shortly after.
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Skeleton
nThe U.S. can qualify up to three spots in each gender based on points earned during the qualification period. The team is expected to be announced on Jan. 16, 2018.
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Alpine Skiing
nThe official team roster is expected to be announced on Jan. 22, 2018. Athletes are selected for the Olympic team based on various criteria and results throughout the 2017-18 season.
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Cross-Country Skiing
nThe official team roster is expected to be announced on Jan. 22, 2018. Athletes are selected for the Olympic team based on various criteria and results throughout the 2017-18 season.
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Snowboarding
nTeam USA athletes will compete to fill up to 28 spots that are divided between big air, halfpipe, slopestyle and snoboardcross. Athletes are selected based on various criteria. The U.S. Olympic team announcement is expected Jan. 22, 2018.
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Freestyle Skiing
nThe official team roster is expected to be announced on Jan. 22, 2018. Athletes are selected for the Olympic team based on various criteria and results throughout the 2017-18 season. The U.S. has 30 freestyle spots that are divided between halfpipe, slopestyle, skicross, moguls and aerials.
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