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14-Year-Old snowboarding prodigy Chloe Kim, the next Shaun White

Chloe Kim was too young to compete in Sochi, but at 14 she’s now old enough to compete in the X Games.

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Last February, as the sports world converged on ­Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Winter Olympics, one of the best halfpipe snowboard­ers in the world made the trip to Pyeong­chang, South Korea, instead. Chloe Kim had just earned a silver medal at X Games Aspen—defeating eventual Olympic champion Kaitlyn Farrington—but at 13, she was too young to compete in Sochi. So she and her parents, who emigrated from South Korea before Kim was born, boarded a 13-hour flight so she could start prepping for the 2018 Games; Kim, now 14, is expected to be a heavy favorite.

FAST START: Kim threw her first backflip off a natural feature at age six and landed a rare switch McTwist (one and a half spins upside down, launched while riding backward) in the pipe five years later, leading Burton to sponsor her. Last winter she became the youngest World Snowboard Tour overall champion ever, ­evoking comparisons to another all-around super­-star: Shaun White.

Her potential is pretty much infinite,” says Elijah Teter, who coached Farrington to her gold medal last winter. “At the next Olympics, she could podium in both slopestyle and halfpipe.”

STRONG FINISH: Kim has already built a reputation as a clutch performer. (She credits her good-luck charm: fancy fingernail paint.) “Don’t be fooled by her laughing and smiling all the time,” says her coach, Ben Wisner. “When she drops in, she does it to stomp and win.”

UP NEXT: Kim will look to improve on her silver at this month’s X Games Aspen. (Last year she finished 0.67 of a point shy of four-time defending champion Kelly Clark.) She’ll likely medal again, but Kim keeps her ambitions in check. “I try not to expect too much,” she says. “I just want to land a run and not embarrass myself out there. The results will come later.”

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Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, your first figure skating Olympic star

 

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There are spoilers here. Please don’t continue if you don’t want to find out the results…

The team skating event of The 2014 Winter Olympics kicked off with the men’s short program on Thursday. It’s a new event this year in which men’s, women’s, pairs, and ice-dancing teams from 10 countries compete together in a Davis Cup-like team competition.  The men took the ice on Thursday, a lineup which included three-time world champion Patrick Chan and skating legend Evgeni Plushenko. Those two have commanded headlines of late with some saucy verbal fighting.

But it was Japan‘s Yuzuru Hanyu (and Team Japan) who stole the show with a dazzling quadruple toe loop. Hanyu made this really, really difficult jump look ridiculously easy:

He followed that up with a breezy triple axel:

The ease and beauty of Hanyu’s performance were highlights on a night when U.S. hopeful Jeremy Abbott bobbled on his triple axel and Patrick Chan doubled one of his combination jumps. The Japanese team, which includes 2010 silver medalist Mao Asada, were happy for their teammate (which is one of the nice things about the team competition):

Hanyu’s strong performance put Japan in first, followed by Plushenko’s Russian team, and Chan’s Canadian team. The U.S. was in seventh following Abbott’s popped axel.

 

The pairs component is currently underway and will be followed by ice-dancing and the women’s competition. Because Japan’s pairs team isn’t considered as strong, Russia and Canada are hoping to make up some ground and cut into Hanyu and Japan’s lead.

 

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Meet Yuzuru Hanyu, your first figure skating Olympic star

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India’s luge athlete sped down a Himalayan highway to train for the Olympics

Meet Shiva Keshavan, a 31-year-old luge athlete who is India’s best hope for a medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Meet Shiva Keshavan, a 31-year-old luge athlete who is India's best hope for a medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

This is Keshavan’s fifth time at the Olympics.

This is Keshavan's fifth time at the Olympics.

He is a two-time gold medalist at the Asian Championships in luge — considered to be one of the most dangerous Olympic winter sports.

Keshavan, who was born in a small village in the Himalayas, was inspired by luge videos and the movie Cool Runnings as a teenager.

India's Luge Athlete Sped Down A Himalayan Highway To Train For The Olympics

At the age of 16, he became the world’s youngest luge athlete to ever compete in the Winter Olympics held in Nagano, Japan.

India has no luge tracks to practice on so Keshavan decided to use the Himalayan highway as his training track, reported Time.com

India's Luge Athlete Sped Down A Himalayan Highway To Train For The Olympics

He replaced the blades on his sled with wheels to speed down the sharp, dangerous inclines and turns of the mountain road.

He maneuvered himself around cars zipping up and down the highway.

India's Luge Athlete Sped Down A Himalayan Highway To Train For The Olympics

He dodged a flock of sheep.

India's Luge Athlete Sped Down A Himalayan Highway To Train For The Olympics

He sped under a huge stationary truck in the middle of the road.