Get to Know Your Northern California 2018 Winter Olympic Athletes

From figure skating to snowboarding, Northern California is well-represented at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. Get to know the athletes making the Bay Area and Northern California proud!

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Hometown: Fremont, Calif.

nBio:: Karen Chen placed third in ladies' figure skating at the U.S. National Championships in San Jose, Calif. to secure her place on the Olympic team. She has also won national titles as an intermediate and novice skater in 2011 and 2012.

nFun Fact: Chen counts 1992 Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi among her mentors.
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Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

nBio:: Vincent Zhou is among the youngest Olympic athletes competing at just 17 years old. He took home the bronze in men's figure skating at the U.S. National Championships in San Jose, Calif., helping to secure his ticket to Pyeongchang.

nFun Fact: Zhou logged 800 miles per week driving to training sessions in Southern California while living in Northern California.
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Hometown: South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

nBio: Jamie Anderson has been at the forefront of women's snowboard slopestyle for the past 10 years. She has the distinction of winning the first-ever gold medal in the sport. She is competing in her second Olympics.

nFun Fact: Anderson is one of eight siblings in her family.
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Birthplace: Monterey, Calif.

nBio:: J.R. Celski is competing in his third Olympics. He has a career total of three medals in short track skating, a silver and two bronze. He is also the world record holder in the 500m.

nFun Fact: Celski is of Polish and Filipino descent, and has a tattoo on his chest depicting the sun and stars from the Filipino flag surrounding the eagle coat of arms from the Polish flag.
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Hometown:South Lake Tahoe, Calif.

nBio: Bowman is a 2014 Olympic halfpipe gold medalist and a 4-time X Games halfpipe gold medalist.

nFun Fact: In high school, Bowman won two state championship as a member of her school's soccer team and was the team captain her senior year.
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Birthplace: Los Gatos, Calif.

nBio:: Nick Cunningham became an Olympian just two years after he began competing in bobsledding. He is appearing in his third Winter Olympics.

Fun Fact: Cunningham has tried bull riding. He has also worked as a horseback tour guide.
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Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

nBio: Joanne Reid's family has Olympic success in its blood. Her mother and uncle are Beth and Eric Heiden, both accomplished speed skaters. Joanne managed to take up Biathlon despite growing up the very snowless Silicon Valley.

nFun Fact: Reid lists "Firesteel" as her middle name. The name, which her father liked for its quirky spirit, comes from a river near her childhood home in Michigan
Birthplace: Palo Alto, Calif.

nBio: Hilary Knight is a two-time Olympic silver medalist and is competing in her fourth Winter Olympics. She has been instrumental in leading the U.S. team to three world consecutive world championships.

nFun Fact: Knight often refers to her English bulldog, Winston, as her "chunk of love."
Hometown: Squaw Valley, Calif.

nBio: At 6-foot-7, Bryce Bennett is often mistaken for a basketball player. He won the U.S. downhill title in 2013 and is competing in his first Olympics.

nFun Fact: Because of his height, Bennett believes that his spirit animal is a giraffe.
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