By Anthony Donatelli
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea and will kick off Friday night (Feb 9) with the opening ceremonies.
This year’s U.S. Olympic Team is comprised of 243 athletes (135 men, 108 women) and a handful of those athletes will also be representing Southern California.
Here’s a look at the local athletes that will be competing for gold in the winter games this month:
Carlo Valdes – Bobsled (Newport Beach, CA)
Today I finally get say that I am an Olympian!!! I'm honored to get the chance to represent @teamusa in the sport of Bobsled at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea! It has always been a life long dream of mine to compete at the highest level whether it was in football, basketball, Track, etc. Never thought it would lead to me joining the @usabs 4 years ago and becoming an Olympian in Bobsled (a WINTER sport 😳). I'm so happy for all my teammates that will be joining me in Korea next month. I can't thank everyone enough for all your support and being behind me in this process. Family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans, you name it, are all a part of this. This is just one big step though. I plan on taking care of business next month and bringing home a medal with my teammates. I know Holcy will be right there with us. We always talked about how much we wanted to win there. Have to continue to push forward and get it done for him. Can't lose sight of our ultimate goal! Also, this is a pretty good handlebar stache pic. Maybe a sneak preview for next month 📸: @mollychoma . . . #teamusa #usabs #underarmour #bmwusa #virusintl #theragun #mirin #hype #winterolympics #roadtopyeongchang #sliding2pc18 #olympics #olympian #thankyou #stache #handlebarmustache #itsforamerica #🇺🇸
Mirai Nagasu – Figure Skating (Arcadia, CA)
Adam Rippon – Figure Skating (Los Angeles, CA)
Cayla Barnes – Ice Hockey (Eastvale, CA)
Chloe Kim – Snowboarding (Torrance, CA)
Hailey Langland – Snowboarding (Langland, CA)
Maddie Mastro – Snowboarding (Wrightwood, CA)
Shaun White – Snowboarding (Carlsbad, CA)
Today went from the worst, to one of the best days of my life. I fell on my first two runs for finals, and ended up landing my 3rd and final run! Not only did I win the competition, I ended up getting a perfect 100 and securing my spot on the US Olympic Team! Thank you to everyone who has supported me and stood by my side. We’re going to Korea💪🏼 #Olympics #Victory #Thankful 📸: @ryanwach