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Meet the Eleven Colorado Women in the 2018 Winter Olympics

Mikaela Shiffrin packs for the Olympics. Hope she left room for a whole lot of medals.
Mikaela Shiffrin packs for the Olympics. Hope she left room for a whole lot of medals. Facebook
Opening ceremonies for the 2018 Winter Olympics get under way on Friday, February 9, in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and to put it mildly, Colorado sportswomen will be very well represented. Eleven members of the U.S. Olympics team currently live in the state, and many of them were born here. Moreover, this group includes Lindsey Vonn, among the biggest names on the squad, and Mikaela Shiffrin, who's already a superstar of her sport but seems ready to take her fame to the next level. Meet them here.

In all, 31 Coloradans will be competing in Pyeongchang — by far the most from any state. (The next closest is California, with 22.) There are so many athletes from here, in fact, that we had to create separate posts for women and men in order to do everyone justice. Look for the Colorado men's post down the line.

As for the women, some are taking part in the Olympics for the first time, while others are legends within their particular specialties. In addition to Vonn, take special note of skeleton expert Katie Uhlaender. She's about to start her fourth Olympics and has racked up a staggering number of accolades over a career that dates back at least fifteen years.

And then there's Shiffrin, an alpine skier who recently became the first woman in nearly eight decades to win three consecutive slalom world titles. Expect her to slacken jaws with her exploits on the South Korean slopes this year.

Below, see photos of each competitor and learn more about them from their Team USA biographies.

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Lauren Gibbs is based in Denver.
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Name: Lauren Gibbs
Sport: Bobsled
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 185 lbs.
DOB: 3/2/1984
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Hometown: Denver, Colorado
College: Brown University

World Championship Experience

• 2017 Women's Bobsled with pilot Brittany Reinbolt — 12th in Koenigssee (2/17)
• 2016 Women's Bobsled with pilot Elana Meyers Taylor — BRONZE in Igls (2/16)
• 2016 Team Event with pilot Elana Meyers Taylor — 7th in Igls (2/16)
• 2015 Women's Bobsled with pilot Jamie Greubel Poser — 5th (2/15)
• 2015 Team Event with pilot Jamie Greubel Poser — 7th (3/15)

Other Career Highlights

• 2017-2018 World Cup with pilot Elana Meyers Taylor — SILVER in Lake Placid (11/17); SILVER in Winterberg (12/17); BRONZE in Koenigssee (1/18)
• 2017-2018 World Cup with pilot Brittany Reinbolt — 12th in Whistler (11/17)
• 2017-2018 World Cup with pilot Jamie Greubel Poser — GOLD in Park City (11/17); 6th in Igls (12/17); 11th in St. Moritz (1/18)
• 2016-2017 World Cup with pilot Brittany Reinbolt — 4th in Lake Placid (12/16); 13th in Winterberg (1/17); 15th in Koenigssee (1/17); 6th in Igls (2/17); 11th in PyeongChang (3/17)
2016-2017 World Cup with pilot Jamie Greubel Poser — BRONZE in Whistler (12/16); BRONZE in St. Moritz (1/17)
• 2015-2016 World Cup with pilot Elana Meyers Taylor — GOLD in St. Moritz (2/16)
• 2015-2016 World Cup with pilot Jamie Greubel Poser — BRONZE in Altenberg (11/15); BRONZE in Koenigssee (12/15); BRONZE in Park City (1/16)
• 2014-2015 World Cup with pilot Jazmine Fenlator — 4th in Koenigssee (1/15); 8th in St. Moritz (1/15); 4th in Igls (2/15)
• 2014-2015 World Cup with pilot Jamie Greubel Poser — BRONZE in Lake Placid (12/14); 4th in Calgary (12/14); 5th in Altenberg (1/15); BRONZE in Sochi (2/15)
• 2014-2015 North American Cup with pilot Jamie Greubel Poser — GOLD in Park City #2 (11/14); for pilot Jazmine Fenlator 4th in Park City #1 (11/14)

Personal: She was not born with freckles: they appeared after her first year of soccer at age eight ... When she was little, she was fluent in Spanish ... She was originally recruited to Brown to run track, but she wanted to play volleyball instead.

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Snowboarder Arielle Gold is a big Broncos fan with a special place in her heart for number 30, Terrell Davis.
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Name: Arielle Gold
Sport: Snowboarding
Event(s): Halfpipe
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 145 lbs.
DOB: 5/4/1996
Birthplace: Steamboat Springs , Colorado
Hometown: Steamboat Springs, Colorado
High School: Steamboat Springs High School (Steamboat Springs, Colorado)
College: University of Colorado Boulder, Veterinary Medicine
Team/Club: Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club

Olympic Experience

Olympian (2014)
Sochi 2014, DNS (halfpipe)

World Championship Experience

• 2017 FIS World Cup Standings, 6th (halfpipe)
• 2016 X Games Aspen, silver (superpipe)
• 2016 X Games Oslo, bronze (superpipe)
• 2015 FIS World Cup Standings, 2nd (halfpipe), 6th (overall)
• 2014 FIS World Cup Standings, 9th (halfpipe)
• 2013 FIS World Cup Standings, 6th (halfpipe, overall)
• 2013 X Games Tignes, bronze (superpipe)
• 2013 X Games Aspen, bronze (superpipe)

Other Career Highlights

• Two World Cup starts and two top ten finishes
• 2012, World Junior Championships, gold medalist
• 2012, Burton U.S. Open, 4th place
• 2012, Youth Olympic Games silver medalist
• 2012, Youth Olympic Games, silver medalist
• 2011, U.S. Revolution Tour silver medalist

Personal: Daughter of Ken and Patricia Gold ... Has a brother, Taylor, who is also a professional snowboarder ... Learned to snowboard at age seven ... Hobbies include riding her horse, mountain biking and spending time with friends.

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Goalie Nicole Hensley says hi.
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Name: Nicole Hensley
Sport: Ice Hockey
Position: Goalie
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 155 lbs.
DOB: 6/23/1994
Birthplace: Littleton, Colorado
Hometown: Lakewood, Colorado
High School: Green Mountain High School (Lakeville, Colorado)
College: Lindenwood University

World Championship Experience

• Most recent: 2017 — gold
• Years of Participation: 2016, 2017
• Medals: 2 (golds)
• Gold — 2016, 2017

Other Career Highlights

• 2017 Four Nations Cup, gold
• 2016 Four Nations Cup, gold

Personal: Daughter of Darren and Linda Hensley ... Has one sister, Brittany ... Recorded two shutouts during the 2017 IIHF Women’s World Championship and was named U.S. Player of the Game against Canada ... Earned the Presidential NCAA Award, maintaining one the highest GPAs among NCAA athletes ... Inducted into the Colorado Sportswomen of the Year Hall of Fame during her senior season at Lindenwood University (2015-16) ... Volunteers at a local shelter fostering and walking dogs and cats ... Other hobbies include fishing, rock climbing, hiking, country music concerts, mini-golf, indoor soccer and slow-pitch softball.

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Freestyle skier Tess Johnson reflects on Colorado.
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Name: Tess Johnson
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Height: 5' 4"
Weight: 117 lbs.
DOB: 6/19/2000
Birthplace: Vail, Colorado
Hometown: Vail, Colorado
College: Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy (Vail, Colorado)
Team/Club: Ski and Snowboard Club Vail

Olympic Experience

• Olympian (2018)

Other Career Highlights

• 2016 FIS Junior World Championships, 2nd (moguls)
• 2015 FIS Junior World Championships, 5th (moguls)

Personal: Daughter of Carol and Thomas Johnson ... Has two siblings, Tommy and Anabel ... Began skiing at age two ... Is fluent in Spanish ... Has two cats, despite being allergic ... Also plays soccer for her high school and has won two state championships ... Hobbies include rafting, running, camping and playing tennis.

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Things are looking up for freestyle skier Keaton McCargo.
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Name: Keaton McCargo
Sport: Freestyle Skiing
Height: 5' 6"
Weight: 120 lbs.
Birthplace: Telluride, Colorado
Hometown: Telluride, Colorado
High School: Telluride Mountain School (Telluride, Colorado) ’13
College: DeVry University, Business
Team/Club: Telluride Ski & Snowboard Club

Olympic Experience

• Olympian (2018)

World Championship Experience

• Most recent: 2017 — 8th (dual moguls), 10th (moguls)
• Years of participation: 2015, 2017
Top finish: 8th (dual moguls) — 2017

Other Career Highlights

• 2017 FIS World Cup Standings, 6th (moguls)

Personal: Daughter of Grant McCargo and Jennifer Page ... Has two sisters, Page and Sydney ... Hobbies include mountain biking and hiking with family.
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