The 23rd Winter Olympic Games got underway this week with Friday’s Opening Ceremony. The Games feature 2,920 athletes from 92 countries competing in 102 different events. We’ve scoured Instagram to find the 10 hottest athletes we think will be raising temperatures in PyeongChang. Unfortunately we couldn’t narrow it down that much so in no particular order, here’s 11 for your enjoyment.
1. Gus Kenworthy (USA) – Slopestyle
Kenworthy will go to PyeongChang looking to go one better than the silver he won at Sochi in 2014 in the high flying Slopestyle competition. The 26 year old represents the United States but was actually born in England. We’re thinking if he had stayed in Chelmsford rather than moving to Colorado, he wouldn’t have ended up being quite as good on two skis.
A year after the Sochi games, Kenworthy came out in an interview with ESPN.
2. Pita Taufatofua (Tonga) – Cross Country Skiing
When he was the oiled up flag bearer for Tonga at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Taufatofua made headlines around the world. As Tonga’s only competitor in PyeongChang, not only will he be the first Tongan to compete in both Olympics, it’s likely he will join a very small club of athletes to carry the flag at the opening ceremony of both the Summer and Winter Olympics. Most people were shocked to see Taufatofua repeat his oily antics at the opening ceremony on Friday.
Taufatofua has qualified to compete in the Cross-Country Skiing competition which is considerably different to his Summer event of taekwondo.
3. Joel Fearon (Great Britain) – Bobsleigh
Another athlete to mix events from both the Summer and Winter sports, Joel Fearon is a member of an elite club of British sprinters that have recorded a sub 10 second time for the 100m.
In PyeongChang, Fearon will be participating in both the two and four-man bobsleigh. Fearon was part of the four-man team in Sochi that narrowly missed out on a medal finishing fifth, only to be retrospectively upgraded two places to bronze following the provisional disqualification of both Russian quartets.
We hope that Fearon gets his moment on the podium in PyeongChang.
4. Benjamin Thomsen (Canada) – Alpine Skiing
Thomsen will be competing in three of the Alpine Skiing events; the Men’s Downhill, Super G and Giant Slalom.
5. Sam Michener (USA) – Bobsleigh
When a picture (featured image) of the United States Bobsleigh team from 2016 resurfaced in the build up to the this year’s Winter Olympics, gay Twitter erupted with excitement at the sight of 14 guys with muscles putting a serious strain on their lycra kit.
One of our favourites is Sam Michener who makes up one quarter of the four man bobsleigh team.
6. Hakeem Abdul-Saboor (USA) – Bobsleigh
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Another member of the United States Bobsleigh is Hakeem Abdul-Saboor who will be competing in both the two and four-man bobsleigh at these games.
Outside of competing, Abdul-Saboor seems to enjoy posting shirtless photos of himself on Instagram.
7. Tristan Walker (Canada) – Luge
Tristan Walker competes in the Doubles Luge and after a fourth place finish in Sochi in 2014, he will surely be hoping to make it onto the podium in PyeongChang.
We are not quite sure what we like most about this picture. Him, or the dog.
8. Jakub Nosek (Czech Republic) – Bobsleigh
Jakub Nosek will represent the Czech Republic in both the two and four-man Bobsleigh.
9. Yasin Ehliz (Germany) – Ice Hockey
Yasin Ehliz is part of the German Men’s Ice Hockey Team. His games get underway on 15 February in a match against Finland.
10. Chris Mazdzer (USA) – Luge
Unlucky for some, Mazdzker has finished 13th at both of the last two Winter Olympics in the Luge event.
11. Rudy Rinaldi (Monaco) – Bobsleigh
They may not be known for their winter sporting prowess but Monaco will be represented in the two-man Bobsleigh event. Rinaldi won a bronze medal in the event at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games but will he and teammate Boris Vain be as successful in these Games?
The Games continue until the closing ceremony on Sunday 25 February.