Eight superstars to marvel at in PyeongChang
WINTER SPORTS: They may not be familiar names (or teams) to Australian audiences just yet but by the end of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics that's sure to change.
They are superstars of their chosen sports. Olympic and world champions mixed in with a couple of young guns seemingly destined for greatness.
Here are eight names to keep a close eye on over the next two weeks.
Chloe Kim (USA), snowboard half-pipe
She is just 17 and is being tipped as the star of the show in PyeongChang. Kim - who would have competed at Sochi four years ago if not for her tender years - is a three-times X Games champion and also won two golds at the 2016 Winter Youth Olympics.
Yuzuru Hanyu (Japan), figure skating
The gold medalist from Sochi champion has been slowed by an ankle injury in the lead-up to the Olympics but he will reportedly be '100 per cent' when the times comes. He was also crowned world champion in 2017. Defending Olympic champions don't have a good record backing up four years though and he's also going to run into impressive 18-year-old American Nathan Chen.
Mikaela Shiffrin (USA), slalom
She will be favourite to win her second consecutive Olympic gold - and might just pick up a few medals in the giant slalom and combined as well. She is a genuine superstar of the sport and comes into competition in hot form, winning five of her last six World Cup events.
Kjetil Jansrud (Norway), super G
The defending champion from Sochi has been a Super G monster over the past four years. Returning for his fourth Olympics, the 32-year-old won gold at the World Championships in St Moritz last year. He's also a big chance of taking the combined gold - although Austria's Marcel Hirschner will have plenty to say about that.
Canada, men's ice hockey
There may be no NHL players for the first time since 1998 but that shouldn't stop the Canadians from continuing their tournament domination. Defending world champions Sweden loom as the biggest threat although memories of their 3-0 defeat to the Canadians in Sochi four years earlier will linger long in the mind.
Choi Min-jeong (South Korea), short-track speed skating
She won her first world title back in 2015 at the age of 16 and the pressure will certainly be on her to produce in front of her home crowd. Choi could conceivably snatch gold in the 500m, 1000m and 1500m while also anchoring Korea in the 5000m teams event.
Johannes Hosflot Klæbo (Norway, cross-country skier
The 21-year-old, who has over 30,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel, has been the unstoppable force over the last 12 months, winning 11 of the 13 races he has contested. Equally adept over a sprint or marathon course, he could be aiming for three golds.
Johannes Thingnes Boe (Norway), biathlon
The defending World Cup champion may need to claim for extra baggage just to get back home such is he expected to dominate. He could realistically figure in the finish of five events, with particular emphasis on the 10km sprint and 20km individual titles. His older brother, Tarjei, is actually one of his chief rivals.