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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Jordan Greenway?

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 9:42 AM

PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 25:  Ice Hockey player Jordan Greenway poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 25, 2017 in Park City, Utah.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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PARK CITY, UT - SEPTEMBER 25: Ice Hockey player Jordan Greenway poses for a portrait during the Team USA Media Summit ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games on September 25, 2017 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)(Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Jordan Greenway made history as the first African American on the U.S. Olympic men’s ice hockey team in 2018.

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“I’m happy I’m the first. I hope I’m the first of many,” Greenway told The Associated Press of the accomplishment. “Hopefully I inspire other kids to want to do the same thing, try something different.”

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Greenway, a Canton, New York, native, told his mother about going to an ice hockey prep school when he was 12. He played three years at Shattuck St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minnesota. In 2015, he was drafted to the NHL Entry Draft and chosen by the Minnesota Wild in the second round, 50th overall pick. 

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In the 2017-2018 season, Greenway chose to stay at Boston University, where he was studying psychology, for another year, rather than join the Wild professionally.

Other interesting facts:

  • Younger brother James played ice hockey for the University of Wisconsin and was a 2016 third-round draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Mother said she would pay for Jordan and his brother to go to prep school, but they had to get scholarships for college
  • Won gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships in Canada, where he was named a top three player

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Mikaela Shiffrin of Team USA wins Olympic gold medal in women's giant slalom

Published: Thursday, February 15, 2018 @ 12:59 AM

What You Need To Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States has won the gold medal in the women's giant slalom at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Mikaela Shiffrin?

Published: Friday, February 02, 2018 @ 11:09 AM

What You Need To Know About Mikaela Shiffrin

Mikaela Shiffrin, is the youngest-ever Olympic slalom gold medalist. She won when she was 18 at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Shiffrin is widely considered to be the next great women’s ski racer. The Eagle-Vail, Colorado, native is dominant in slalom and competitive in giant slalom.

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Other interesting facts:

  • Leads the overall World Cup standings for the 2016-17 season.
  • Considers Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin to be one of her best friends.
  • Following in the footsteps of her parents, Jeff and Eileen Shiffrin, who are former collegiate skiers.

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Olympic baby: Michael Phelps welcomes son

Published: Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 10:50 AM

Getting to Know Michael Phelps

He’s not even competing this year, but Michael Phelps is making Olympic headlines.

The record-holding medal-winner announced via Instagram that his family has added another bundle of joy.

Phelp’s wife Nicole gave birth to the couple’s second son, Beckett Richard Phelps, the “Today” show reported.

The Olympian made the announcement via Instagram.

The couple’s first son, Boomer, is 1 and can be seen holding his little brother, USAToday reported. “Boomer” posted to “his” Instagram account too, saying he can’t wait to hold the newborn.

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Phelps is the most decorated Olympian, CNN reportedAccording to Olympics officials, Phelps has been awarded 23 gold, three silver and two bronze medals over his career as an Olympian. He competed in the 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Games.

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2018 Winter Olympics: Who is Adam Rippon?

Published: Wednesday, February 07, 2018 @ 2:41 PM

SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07:  Adam Rippon skates in the Smucker's Skating Spectacular during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 07: Adam Rippon skates in the Smucker's Skating Spectacular during the 2018 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at the SAP Center on January 7, 2018 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)(Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Olympian Adam Rippon has been skating since he was 9 years old. Growing up, Rippon’s mother drove him three hours from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to train in New Jersey every day.

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Ahead of the 2018 Olympics, Rippon reflected on his hometown and his time in the sport.
“The support that I've gotten from people in my hometown has kind of been overwhelming,” he said in an interview. “It’s something I really never expected. I hear from people that I used to go to school with who are now following figure skating and keeping track of my career.”

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Rippon made history as the first openly gay U.S. athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.

Other interesting facts:
  • Is the oldest of six children
  • Has choreographed skating programs for fellow Team USA athletes Mirai Nagasu, Ashley Wagner and Christina Gao
  • Was born deaf and underwent corrective surgery at Yale University just before his first birthday, allowing him to hear almost perfectly
  • Hobbies include running and hiking

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