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ESPN The Magazine Explores the Upcoming Winter Games with Gold Rush Powered by espnW, on Newsstands Friday


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The latest ESPN The Magazine is a collaboration with espnW (hitting newsstands on Feb. 9) exploring some of the most compelling story angles surrounding the upcoming Winter Games. The cover story “Kid Fearless,” by senior writer Alyssa Roenigk, profiles the dynamic snowboard star Chloe Kim and examines why dropping into the halfpipe is far less daunting than grasping how to be American and Korean in Pyeongchang.

In these Winter Games, sports fans will see women at the pinnacle of their impact. In “Behold and Recognize,” espnW writer Allison Glock looks at how female athletes are changing the world by showing the next generation what’s possible. Additionally, pay equality continues to be a hot topic across industries and last year U.S. women’s hockey players vowed to boycott the world championship unless USA Hockey did right by them. In “This Fight Is Your Fight,” Julie Foudy connects with the team as it heads to Pyeongchang with unity, higher wages, and their eyes on Olympic gold.

Additional Winter Games highlights:

The Lioness in Winter

A confident Lindsey Vonn enters the Pyeongchang Olympics as the most decorated woman skier in history. Still, there’s something more at play for her, and it definitely won’t come easy. By Wayne Drehs in collaboration with E:60

A Star Reborn

Mirai Nagasu was national champion at 14, and rejected by the sport at 20. Now 24, can the figure skater transcend her past to reach for gold? By Bonnie D. Ford

Olympics Confidential 

From their favorite for flag bearer to the changes they would champion, 105 Olympians weigh in on the Games’ biggest issues—and don’t always see eye to eye.

Quick Study

Erin Jackson is the first African-American woman on the Olympic long-track speed skating team after a mere four months of training as a speedskater. This is a look at how she’s preparing for Pyeongchang. By Allison Glock

Also in Gold Rush:

The NBA’s Secret Wine Society – The inside-the-bottle story of the intense love affair between NBA stars and the gilded grape. By Baxter Holmes

Belichick as President: “Do Your Darn Job, America” – What if NFL coaching legend Bill Belichick became the leader of the free world? Screenwriter Prentice Penny, executive producer of HBO’s Insecure, envisions the Hooded One’s first news conference as POTUS.

Falk Lines – Is Washington State’s Luke Falk the next Tom Brady or just another system QB who will struggle in the NFL? We asked a scout, then asked Insiders—and Falk himself—to respond. By Anthony Olivieri

A Letter to My Teammates (part of ESPN The Magazine’s State of the Black Athlete collaboration with The Undefeated) Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad became the first Muslim-American woman to medal in 2016, and in this letter, she makes the case for why it’s time for social responsibility from all athletes.

Tiny Oral History – In November, action-movie icon Jean-Claude Van Damme sparred with UFC bantamweight star Cody Garbrandt at the Team Alpha Male gym in Sacramento. Things quickly went horribly awry—and viral.

Numbers – The USOC has been using analytics to get faster, higher and stronger. Will the boost pay off in Pyeongchang? By Peter Keating