Minnesota is a stronghold for winter Olympians, with the third-largest delegation of athletes headed to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in the Winter Olympics.
Twenty athletes who called Minnesota home will compete. Another five are Minnesota natives but currently live elsewhere.
Only Colorado and California will send more athletes to the Olympics, which run from Feb. 7 through Feb. 25.
Team USA has earned six gold medal, three silver medals, and six bronze medals at the 2018 winter Olympic games. Of the Minnesotan Olympians, Jessie Diggins helped secure a gold in the women's cross-country team sprint event, and Lindsey Vonn secured a bronze in the Women's downhill.
Get to know the athletes from Team USA, (and one from Team South Korea) that have ties to Minnesota.
David Chodounsky, 33, is a two-time Olympian (2014, 2018) born in St. Paul and now lives in Crested Butte, Colo. He started skiing at two years old when his parents mounted whittled wooden planks on his feet.
"I fell down, started crying, and that was about it for that year," he said on his website, "so I guess I officially began skiing at the age of ."
He joined the ski team at Dartmouth College, and has finished 11th in the giant slalom and 12th in the slalom in the 2017 World Championship.
Wiley Maple, 27, is a first-time Olympian born in Minneapolis and lives in Aspen, Colo. Skiing is a family tradition; his father Mike helped the University of Colorado Boulder to two NCAA ski racing titles, and his sister Alex also skied at the same university.
Maple took sixth in the 2009 and ninth in 2010 FIS Junior World Championships in downhill racing.
According to his US Ski Team site, if he's not skiing, he's out hiking, biking and enjoying the mountains of Aspen. Aside from sports, he likes "hanging out with good people and kicking back to a little classic rock or bluegrass."
Lindsey Vonn, 33, born in St. Paul and lives in Vail, Colo. Vonn is a four-time Olympian with a gold and bronze medal from 2010. She has raced during the games at Salt Lake City, Torino and Vancouver, when she captured a gold in downhill and a bronze in super giant slalom.
Vonn won a bronze in downhill at the 2018 Winter Games. She is the most decorated female downhill skier of all time.
Vonn also has seven medals from the World Championships — two golds, three silvers and two bronzes — while participating in the championships in 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Vonn also holds the American record and is ranked second in the world for most International Ski Federation World Cup victories.