Montana athletes going for gold

The 2018 Winter Olympics have begun in South Korea with the state of Montana and MSU well represented. Three athletes from across the state of Montana are competing in events throughout the internationally-watched event: Darian Stevens of Missoula, Maggie Voisin of Whitefish and Brad Wilson of Butte will all be competing under the USA flag.

Stevens and Voisin will be competing in the Women’s slopestyle skiing, while Wilson will put his skills to the test in Men’s mogul skiing.

This will be Voisin’s second olympics in which she qualified for but her first competing. She qualified for the 2014 winter games in Sochi, Russia, but a broken fibula forced her to withdraw from competition. Wilson will be suiting for his second Olympics as he competed in the 2014 Sochi, Russia games. Stevens will be competing in her first Olympics.

MSU junior standout athlete Johanna Taliharm is also headed to the olympic athlete pool competing in the biathlon for her home country of Estonia. In a round filled with the best athletes from across the world, Taliharm showed the athletic prowess of MSU athletes, taking 22nd overall in the Biathlon on Feb. 10.

Montanans are beaming at the sight of their athletes’ success, and will be glued to the television screen for the week to come with hopes of watching one of their athletes take home the gold.

Montana Tate skier Johanna Taliharm competes in the MSU skiing invite at Bohart Ranch, January 17, 2016. Taliharm will be competing in the Olympic Biathlon event in PyeongChang for her home country of Estonia. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham