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HOT IN THE COLD

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Some of these athletes are already medal winners, but a year from now these stars of snow and ice will be ascending podiums again at the WINTER OLYMPICS in South Korea

CHLOE KIM

SNOWBOARDING, U.S.

The 16-year-old junior at La Palma (Calif.) Christian School is princess of the halfpipe. Until a loss in Aspen on Jan. 28, she had won eight straight international competitions over 11 months.

MIKAELA SHIFFRIN

ALPINE SKIING, U.S.

At one point this season, the 21-year-old won six World Cup slalom races of the seven she skied. First in the overall rankings, the 2014 Olympic slalom gold medalist is likely to become the first American women's overall Cup champion not named Vonn since Tamara McKinney in 1983.

JAMIE GREUBEL POSER

BOBSLED, U.S.

The Newtown, Pa., native competed in multiple sports at Cornell, finishing 13th in the heptathlon at the 2006 NCAA championships, and went on to earn a master's in elementary education from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass. A bronze medalist in Sochi, the 23-year-old Greubel Poser is second in the World Cup standings.

HEATHER BERGSMA

SPEEDSKATING, U.S.

At 27, Bergsma, who's from High Point, N.C., has won every 1,000-meter World Cup race this season. Her 19 career victories in the 1,000 are tied for second, behind Bonnie Blair's.

NATHAN CHEN

FIGURE SKATING, U.S.

The 17-year-old from Salt Lake City won his first (there will be more) national championship last month in Kansas City, Mo., where he was the first to land five quadruple jumps in competition. The worlds—and No. 1 Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan—await in Helsinki next month.

JESSICA DIGGINS

CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING, U.S.

A native of Afton, Minn., the 25-year-old is fifth in the World Cup standings, the only North American in the top 15. A four-time U.S. champion, she has won two races this season.

SARA TAKANASHI

SKI JUMPING, JAPAN

In the 2016--17 season, the 4'11½" 20-year-old from Kamikawa has won six of 12 events. Over her six-year career, Takanashi (above and right) has landed on the podium 74 times in 85 competitions.