Meet the Men and Women of U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team

These Olympic athletes are sure to put on a dazzling performance in PyeongChang this February.

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This year's Olympic figure skating team welcomes both veteran skaters and fresh faces from all across the country. From real-life couples who bring their romance to the ice to hardworking newbies eager to make a name for themselves, this team is sure to put on a show.

Meet the men and women on the Olympic figure skating team:

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Bradie Tennell

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The has been quietly making a name for herself over the last year. She earned a bronze medal in her grand prix debut at 2017 Bridgestone Skate America competition, and was the only female U.S. competitor to do so. Her victories are especially impressive considering that she has suffered two stress fractures in her back over the last two years.

"Coming into this year, my main goal was to stay healthy," she told . "I knew it was an Olympic year and somebody had to go. I just kind of kept it in the back of my mind."

Mirai Nagasu

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Nagasu's journey to the Olympics has been anything but simple. In 2014, she won the bronze medal but was not selected for the Olympic team, as the committee decided to send instead. But Nagasu says it's only made her current victory that much sweeter.

"I have always believed that I am an amazing skater regardless of what the results say, and I think that determination and confidence has kept me in the game so long," . "I'm aware that I'm the oldest here tonight, but I really feel like the comeback kid."

Karen Chen

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Chen will be the youngest member of the women's Olympic team at only 18 years old, but she's certainly not inexperienced: She earned bronze at her nationals debut at age 15, and then went on to earn a gold medal and an astonishing short program score of 72.82 at the 2017 U.S. Championships.

She calls herself the quiet assassin, and explained the nickname in with NBC.

"For me, when I said 'quiet assassin,' that just meant, yeah, sure, I'm quiet. But when I'm out there on the ice by myself, I'm fearless, and I'm not scared to attack whatever I'm going to do."

Nathan Chen

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Chen, who is no relation to fellow Olympian Karen Chen, made history when he became the first skater in history to land five quadruple jumps in a single program, which helped him earn a spot on the Olympic team.

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But despite such an extraordinary performance, the skater still sees room for improvement.

"Regardless of what I do, no matter how good it is, it's never in my mind 'flawless.' You know there's always things that I can improve on," Chen told .

Adam Rippon

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Despite coming in fourth place at the figure skating championships last week, Rippon was selected to make the Olympic team thanks to his impressive international record. He will also be the first openly gay athlete to compete for the U.S. in the Winter Olympics.

"A few weeks ago, I was asked in an interview ... what was it like being a gay athlete in sports. And I said it's exactly like being a straight athlete. Only with better eyebrows," Rippon told .

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Vincent Zhou

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Seventeen-year-old Zhou impressed judges and audiences alike with his qualifying performance, where he landed multiple quadruple jumps. Shortly after being named to the team, he tweeted a heartfelt message of gratitude:

It is my greatest honor to be representing the United States of America at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. This is a truly surreal opportunity in the midst of the greatest realization of aspirations I have ever known. Thank you all.

— Vincent Zhou (@govincentzhou)

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Alexa Scimeca Knierim and Chris Knierim

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The talented couple are the only pair figure skaters (pairs figure skating is different than pairs ice dancing) who will represent Team USA at the Olympics this year, after earning an impressive 206.60 combined score. It's just the cherry on top for the happy couple, who were married on July 26, 2016, with their skating coach Dalilah Sappenfield officiating.

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"It's as simple as another blessing in our journey," . "It is our lifelong dream to make the Olympic team."

Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohue

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Victory is especially sweet for ice dancers Hubbell and Donohue, who six times, but always finished third or fourth. This time, they barely edged out the competition with a score of 197.12 and are finally headed to the Olympics.

"Before the free dance, Zach and I made an agreement that despite any marks, our win tonight would be to be present and not be distracted by the audience and all of their amazing support and just keep it in our control," "So as soon as the music finished, we realized we already won in our mind, so that was kind of our moment to let in everything and thank the audience for their support."

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Maia and Alex Shibutani

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Known as the "Shib Sibs," Maia and Alex have long been a favorite pair in the ice dancing world. They've already (so far) and broke a record at their debut in 2011.

"I think we made a big statement by skating the way that we did," of their Saturday performance. "I think we did make a statement with our performance today."

Madison Chock and Evan Bates

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This year's competition marks a return to the Olympic ice for Madison and Evan, who placed . The couple say that their amazing performances draw from their real-life connection.

"I've always had great chemistry with [Bates]," Chock told . "We've always gotten along so well. Skating together is something that we love doing, and we love doing it together. Now, we're together on and off the ice and it makes it even more powerful. It feels completely genuine and real."

Skating competitions will be broadcast at various times between .

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