10 American Athletes Worth Following At The Winter Olympics [SLIDESHOW]

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The wait is finally over. The 2018 Winter Olympics officially open Friday, and if that doesn’t fire you up, you need to seek help.

Seriously, what is better than the best athletes in the world (NHL players excluded … *sigh*) competing for their countries on a global stage? Not only that, but it’s the rare period of time where we as Americans can put our political differences aside and focus on what really matters: sports.

There are several compelling story lines to keep an eye on over the next two weeks. The most notable are the highly anticipated return of Lindsey Vonn and Shaun White battling through a gruesome injury sustained just a few months ago.

The United States had an impressive showing last go-round in Sochi, and will look to improve on their 28 medals (9 gold, 7 silver, and 12 bronze) earned there. As the opening ceremony nears, here is a list of 10 athletes donning the red, white, and blue that you absolutely need to tune in to see this February.