All the world is going to be watching the 2018 Winter Olympics that start this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea. We Parkites hold the Winter Olympics to be OUR event, and we’ll be glued to our screens to get glimpses of our Park City locals who will be racing in hopes of a spot on the podium.
Alex Hall, Slopestyle Skiing
Alex Hall spent his high school years attending Park City’s Winter Sports School and graduated from there in 2016. However, he spent most of childhood in Switzerland, where he began skiing at age 3. No matter – we call him our own anyway because all of his hobbies are 100% Utahan: fishing, hiking, and biking.
Sarah Hendrickson, Ski Jumping
In the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Sarah Hendrickson became the first woman to ever jump in official Olympic competition. Women’s ski jumping had fought a long battle in both the media and court to end the gender discrimination that had prevented them from competing in the games. We’ve watched her grow up, and all of us will have our highest hopes with Sarah as she and her teammates work to bring home the gold this time. Like any Park City woman, she’s also into yoga and pilates.
Abby Ringquist, Ski Jumping
Even though Abby confesses to being afraid of heights, this 5’8” ball of fire has been one of the toughest competitors at World Cup competitions the past two years. She and her teammates are well prepared for this year’s Olympic Games and will show the world how it’s supposed to be done. She’s an animal lover with three dogs, two miniature goats, and nine chickens.
Ted Ligety, Alpine Skiing
Ted has been Park City’s “Golden Son” in four Olympics, bringing us home the gold twice. Almost every Park City website that features skiing has at least one photo of him on it. Ted began skiing at 2 and racing at 11. He founded Shred Optics, which produces helmets, goggles, sunglasses, protection, and gloves for skiers and cyclists. He and his wife, Mia, and son, Jax, enjoy playing tennis and badminton, water skiing and watching formula one racing together.
Megan McJames, Alpine Skiing
Pyeongchang will be the third time Megan McJames has represented the U.S. in Olympic alpine skiing. She grew up like so many Park City kids: started skiing at 2-years-old, pursues many other outdoor activities such soccer, tennis, mountain biking, hiking, and camping. When she’s not on the slopes, she loves to watch movies in her kitchen while she bakes.
Madison Olsen, Aerials
Began skiing at the age of two and began competing in moguls at 12 before switching to aerials at 14. She placed well in the World Cup competitions during 2017 and has high expectations for her performance in Pyeongchang. Her hobbies include biking, hiking, golfing, cooking, baking, and spending time outdoors. Now that’s a Park City woman!
Will Rhodes, Ski Jumping
Since graduating from Park City High in 2013, Will Rhodes has been in the air preparing for this year’s Olympic Games. He placed well in World Championships and hopes to give his best performance ever in Pyeongchang. He’s an avid follower of the Utah Jazz and enjoys playing basketball, volleyball and hanging out with friends.
McRae Williams, Slopestyle Skiing
Born and raised in Park City, McRae first competed in trampoline and aerials before transitioning to slopestyle skiing. He came in 1st place during the 2017 FIS World Cup competitions and has high hopes of doing the same in Pyeongchang. His hobbies include rock climbing, mountain biking, wakeboarding, and hiking – a Parkite through and through!
All of us at Chin-MacQuoid-Fleming-Harris wish our local Olympians and their teammates the best of luck at the upcoming Games. We’ll be watching you from your hometown and hope you know our hearts are with you!