Every four years, the world is witness to the greatest competitive event in sports – the Olympics. For 16 days, the greatest athletes in their chosen winter sport compete against each other under the color of their nation for that precious gold medal. Against this backdrop, athletes become national heroes and those that are truly remarkable, legends.
This year in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the 23rd Winter Olympics tradition will be resumed. From the thrill of downhill skiing to the majesty of figure skating, people of all nations will watch and marvel at the feats of these competitors, many of whom have trained much of the life for this single moment.
The Winter Olympics have been host to some of the most impressive performances in sports ever. Who can forget Franz Klammer’s breathtaking run down the icy mountain course at the 1976 Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, West Germany or the grace and beauty of Peggy Flemming at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France.
As magnificent as these athletes truly are, there are those competitors who look just as good on the ice and snow as they do off. Past Winter Olympics have featured some of the most beautiful and gifted athletes ever to grace ice and snow. Katarina Witt of West Germany, Ursula Disl of Germany, Gunda Niemann-Stirnemann of Germany, Peggy Fleming of the USA, Stefania Belmondo of Italy, Dorothy Hamill of the USA, Sonja Henie of Norway and many, many more.
This year is no different. With 92 nations and over 2,900 athletes participating in the Winter Olympics, there are more than a few that would melt the cold turf upon which they compete. We’ll see them on the snow competing in slalom courses or flying through the air on a snowboard. They’ll be on the ice skating and dancing their way into history. Whatever event they’re participating in though, they’ll look good doing it.
To celebrate this year’s collection of Winter Olympians, we’ve compiled a list of 20 women from all around the globe who epitomize the most skilled and most beautiful athletes to compete at this year’s event.