We are just days away from the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

It is the country’s first Olympics since the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul.

The Washington-area has been well-represented in recent years and is widely known as one of the most dominant regions for athletes to come out of.

This year is no exception.

Here are the top four Olympians you should be aware of before the start of the Olympic Games:

Garrett Roe

  • Team USA Olympian (ice hockey)
  • 29-year-old native of Vienna, VA
  • Four-year ice hockey career at St. Cloud State University
  • School’s all-time assist leader in
  • Selected 183rd overall in the 2008 Entry Level Draft (Los Angeles Kings)
  • Currently plays for the EV Zug of the National League as a left winger

Maame Biney

  • Team USA Olympian (short track speed skating)
  • 17-year-old native of Ghana
  • Moved to Rockville, MD at five years old
  • First African American woman to qualify for Team USA in speed skating
  • Future chemical engineer

Thomas Hong

  • Team USA Olympian (short track speed skating)
  • 20-year-old native of Seoul
  • Moved to Laurel, MD at four years old & graduated Atholton High School (Columbia, MD)
  • Trained with the Potomac Speed Skating Club at Wheaton Ice Arena
  • Qualified for Team USA at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns, Utah (Dec. 15-17)

Elana Meyers-Taylor

  • Team USA Olympian (bobsled)
  • 33-year-old native of Oceanside, CA (raised in Douglasville, GA)
  • Graduate of The George Washington University
  • Played softball at GW
  • Two-time Olympic medalist (Vancouver, bronze; Sochi, silver)
  • Married to bobsled teammate Nic Taylor (2018 Team USA alternate)
  • Former International Olympic Committee (IOC) intern

Three of the four Olympians are making their debut, while Meyers-Taylor appears in her third consecutive Winter Olympics (Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014).

The Olympics opening ceremony will take place on Friday, Feb. 9, beginning at 8 p.m. local time (6 a.m. EST).

Don’t worry, NBC is airing the full broadcast at 8 p.m. EST later that same day. Katie Couric and Mike Tirico are set to host the event.

Now that Super Bowl 52 is in the rearview, it’s time to jump on the PyeongChang 2018 train. An event unlike any other.

The pinnacle of sport.

Buckle up!

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