Anderson, who will defend her slopestyle gold medal from Sochi, is third in the World Cup standings in that discipline, behind Reira Iwabuchi
of Japan and New Zealand’s Christy Prior. Anderson has a shelf full of X Games medals; she won her first, a bronze, in 2006 when she was just 15.
Bowman returns to defend her 2014 gold medal, but she will face tough competition from Kexin Zhang of China and Cassie Sharpe of Canada, not to mention her U.S. teammates, Brita Sigourney, who leads the World Cup rankings; Devin Logan (fifth); and Annalisa Drew (seventh).
The 18-year-old Chen already is a two-time U.S. champion, and he won two gold medals in 2017 — in the ISU Grand Prix and the Four Continents Championship. Though young, Chen has a powerful repertoire that few can match: He performs five quads — jumps that include four revolutions — in his free skate and two in his short program. None of the three men on the U.S. skating team have Olympic experience. Vincent Zhou is even younger than Chen — 17 — and Adam Rippon is a rookie at age 28.
Diggins, third in the overall World Cup standings, could become the first
American woman to medal in an Olympic cross-country event. At the 2017 world championships, Diggins won silver in the sprint freestyle event and bronze in the team sprint classic competition and finished fourth in the 4x5-kilometer relay and fifth in the 30K mass start.
Ligety, 33, had not made a World Cup podium for three years before winning a bronze at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, in late January. That sends the two-time Olympic gold medalist (the combined in 2006 and the giant slalom in 2014) to PyeongChang on a high note.
Elana Meyers Taylor
After a bronze at the Vancouver Games in 2010 and a silver four years later in Sochi, Taylor hopes the progression continues with a gold in PyeongChang. She ranks second in the World Cup standings with 1,591 points, behind Canadian Kaillie Humphries’s 1,631.
Rigsby will make her Olympic debut at goalie for the women’s team, which is seeking its first Olympic gold medal since 1998. Rigsby has played in four world championships for the United States, winning four gold medals. She has played the past three seasons for the Minnesota Whitecaps professional team.
Roth will be the skip for the U.S. women’s team at her first Olympics. In fact, none of her curling teammates — Tabitha Peterson, Becca Hamilton, Corey Christensen and Aileen Geving — have Olympic experience, either. Roth, who placed fifth
at the world championships in 2017, has a nursing degree and works as a nurse in the Madison, Wis., area.
Wise enters the Olympics on a roll, winning gold at the Winter X Games after performing four doubles in four different directions on his final run. Wise will defend the halfpipe gold medal he won four years ago in Sochi.