Maryland athletes don't dominate the Winter Olympics the same way they do the Summer Games. (Remember in 2016
when Maryland won 14 gold medals
, more than all but five countries?)
But there are a few local competitors to root for in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Here are three that PressBox will be watching:
Thomas Hong, Short-Track Speedskating
For Atholton High School grad Thomas Hong, representing the United States at the 2018 Olympics "means a whole lot," but the 20-year-old is also focused on his education and plans to return to the University of Maryland after the Games.
Photo Credit: U.S. Speedskating/Melissa Majchrzak
Summer Britcher, Luge
After finishing 15th in luge at the 2014 Olympic Games, Baltimore-born Summer Britcher will look to medal at the Pyeongchang Games. "It would be everything," Britcher said. "It's hard to describe. It's been my dream for so long."
Photo Credit: Courtesy USA Luge
Haley Skarupa, Women's Ice Hockey
Rockville, Md., native Haley Skarupa will represent the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics as a member of the U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey team. "You kind of dream your whole life for this moment," she said.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of USA Hockey