Less than six months after the summer edition in Tokyo, the Olympics return on Feb. 4 for the Winter Games, where a total of 109 events in 15 disciplines across seven sports on snow and ice will be held—in a bubble, under COVID-19 protocols—across 12 competition venues in China. Then, one month later, the action will return to Beijing on March 4 for the Paralympics, featuring more than 600 athletes competing over 10 days in 78 events across six sports.
From fresh faces to familiar ones, here are some of the U.S. men and women who will be going for gold in Beijing.
Written by Kristen Nelson, Madeline Coleman, Tess DeMeyer, Lia Assimakopoulos, Claire Kuwana, Mark Bechtel and Jamie Lisanti. Illustrations by Trey Ingram.
Hometown: Craftsbury, Vt.
Biathlon remains the only Winter Olympic sport in which the U.S. has never won a medal, but Dunklee is hoping to change that. After competing in the Sochi and PyeongChang Games, she became the first U.S. biathlete to win two world championship medals in her career, earning two of the nation's six all-time medals in 2017 and '20. As the team’s de facto captain, she announced she will retire at the end of this season, so Beijing will be her last chance to make history.