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More YOG stars hit form ahead of PyeongChang 2018

Deniss Vasiļjevs Thomas Lovelock for YIS/IOC
05 Feb 2018
Olympic News, PyeongChang 2018, YOG
We pick out more starring performances from Youth Olympic Games (YOG) athletes on sport’s biggest stages, profiling those who could play a leading role at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Deniss Vasiļjevs
The 18-year-old figure skater – who won silver in the men's singles and bronze in the team event at the Winter YOG Lillehammer 2016 – recently finished fourth at the European Championships, following two top-ten finishes at ISU Grand Prix events this season, and will head to PyeongChang as Latvia’s sole representative in the men’s singles.

Anna Seidel Jon Buckle for YIS/IOC

Anna Seidel
The short-track speed skater won bronze in the women’s 1,000m at the Winter YOG Lillehammer 2016 and also has two ISU World Cup medals to her name. Most recently, she won bronze in the 1,500m at the European Championships in her hometown of Dresden in January, much to the delight of the German crowd, who are sure to be cheering her on when she competes in PyeongChang.

Kai Mahler Getty Images

Kai Mahler
The men’s freestyle skiing halfpipe gold medallist at the Winter YOG Innsbruck 2012 has focused more on big air in recent years – with the event set to make its Olympic debut in PyeongChang – and in January finished seventh at the Winter X Games XXII. A year earlier, he had won big air bronze – his fourth X Games medal in the event – and is sure to be among the contenders for the podium at the Bokwang Phoenix Park.

Andreas Wellinger Getty Images

Andreas Wellinger
German ski jumper Andreas Wellinger won gold in the team event at the Winter YOG Innsbruck 2012 and went on to also top the podium in the men’s large hill team event at the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014. In January, he also shone on the individual stage by finishing second at the prestigious Four Hills tournament and will undoubtedly be among the medal favourites in PyeongChang.

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