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Five PyeongChang stars chasing a first Olympic gold

ASPEN, CO - MARCH 19:  Marcel Hirscher of Austria skis his first run in the men's slalom during the 2017 Audi FIS Ski World Cup Finals at Aspen Mountain on March 19, 2017 in Aspen, Colorado.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Some of the biggest stars of the winter sports world have never won Olympic gold. Here are five trying to change that trend at the Games…

 Marcel Hirscher 

Few alpine skiers have been more dominant on the slopes than the Austrian. Hirscher boasts 14 World Cup titles, and is this season bidding for a seventh consecutive overall crown. He has also won six World Championships golds and a further three silver medals. But his Olympic medal cabinet is surprisingly threadbare with just a solitary slalom silver to his name from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Hilary Knight

The world’s greatest ice hockey player has yet to win gold on the world’s biggest stage. She missed out at Vancouver 2010 but looked on course to make amends four years on in Russia when the United States were leading 2-0 in their final against Canada with just four minutes left on the clock. But somehow the Canadians came back to win in overtime, leading Knight to question her future in the sport. But she’s back and has her sights firmly set on gold.

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Sara Takanashi

It seems perhaps a tad perhaps excessive to bemoan the fact that a 21-year-old has never won an Olympic gold medal but, so dominant has Takanashi been, that many argue she should have become a Games champion last time around when just a 17 years old. Instead, she finished fourth but is the clear favourite for gold in the what will be women ski jumping’s second Olympic appearance.

Johannes Rydzek

The 25-year-old German was the undoubted star of the World Championships in the Nordic combined earlier this year, walking away from the event with four world titles, adding to the two picked up in 2015. He also narrowly finished as runner-up in the World Cup standings in arguably the best year of his career to date. But in his two Olympic appearances so far, he does not boast a single individual medal, just a team silver and bronze.

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Mark McMorris

The Canadian is one of the most talent snowboarders in history. The first athlete to land a triple cork 1440, he was a Winter X Games double gold winner at the age of 18. He boasts seven Winter X Games golds in all but has yet to take the top spot in an Olympic Games. An injury leading up to Sochi 2014 curtailed those hopes, but he still came away with bronze, although he will be seen as the athlete to beat in PyeongChang.


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