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 VasiļjevsThe 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.
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Anna SeidelThe 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 MahlerThe 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.