Athletes to Watch in the 2018 Olympics

A few are stars already. Some are up and coming stars.

All want to make their mark when everyone on earth tunes in to the Winter Olympics 2018. The Winter Olympics will be held in PyeongChang, South Korea in February 2018.

Here’s some folks to keep an eye on:

Jamie Anderson (Snowboarder)

Jamie Anderson made her mark in her 1st Olympics in 2014. She won a gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding. And she has kept going ever since, winning gold or silver at the Winter X Games three years in a row (’15, ’16, ’17). Anderson, who is one of eight children, has said the greatest advice she’s gotten is “discover something you’re eager about and really go after it.”

Shaun White (Snowboarder)

Perhaps the most famous snowboarder on earth, Shaun White didn’t get to the podium in 2014 after back-to-back gold medals in the halfpipe event in 2006 and 2010. “It’s like when you have a bike accident. You have a scar that is a part of you and you learn from it.” At 31, he has some new tricks he has been working on and he is focused and ready to go.

Nathan Chen (Figure Skater)

This will be Nathan Chen first Olympics. The 18-year-old has made history already. In January, he was the 1st male figure skater in history to land 5 quadruple jumps in a single performance. Four weeks later, he did it once more.

Alex and Maia Shibutani (Ice Dancers)

They are referred to as “Shib Sibs.” Sister-and-brother duo Maia and Alex Shibutani are more than a catchy duo. The ice dancers have won two gold medals at two international competitions this season, the same amount they won the season before that, as well as the one before that. They’ve also won 1st place at the national championships in 2016 and 2017.

Swimming for Exercise

Exercise can be difficult on the joints. There are those who are runners who are in good shape, but their knees and hips are not in good condition. Any number of exercises can be helpful for you, but if you have aches and pains it might be difficult for you to get through a workout without being in pain. You may also want to do something that is simple on the joints if you are pregnant. If you want something efficient that is easy on the body, try a swimming exercise.

You will probably find a swimming exercise program at your local gym or YMCA. These classes are held in a pool and usually provided all year long. Most gyms have heated indoor pools that are upkept for those who wish to participate in a swimming exercise. It’s not just for swimming laps. There are many, many things you can do in a pool. You can buy your own pool, or you can use the community pool in the summer months. The community pool is a good choice, but it is always too crowded for any sort of organized workout.

You may find a swimming exercise that is like aerobics. Though it won’t be the same in water, it will be just as productive, and you will stay cooler throughout the workout. The water brings natural resistance, but it is also works well for your joints. There is not a lot of jarring movements in swimming, and you may find that some of your pains might go away.

You can also do swim dancing for your swimming exercise, or you can stick to the tried and true swimming. You can do laps or you can go up and down a lane, it makes no difference. The great part about a swimming exercise is that it doesn’t really matter what you are doing in the water, as long as you are receiving a good workout.