Currently, seven Soldiers have been named to Team USA for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. Six of these Soldiers are members of the World Class Athlete Program, a Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation and a US Army Installation Management Command program.
Since 1948, WCAP has provided Soldier-athletes with the support and training to compete and succeed in national and international competitions leading to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
WCAP is open to active duty, reservists and members of the National Guard, and strives to help Soldier-athletes maintain a professional military career while they are training.
The Soldier-athletes receive elite level training from some of the best coaches in the world. WCAP has its own training facilities and centers for several disciplines as well as access to Olympic Training Centers.
Soldier-athletes involved in the program travel to schools and colleges to speak to others about their experiences being Soldier-athletes.
Part of the goal of WCAP is to create positive role models for peer groups and youth.
Here at the Paraglide, we are going to keep up with these Soldier-athletes in their quest for Olympic glory.
The 2018 Olympic Games’ opening ceremony is on Feb. 9. However, since there is a 17-hour time difference between South Korea and the eastern U.S., the only way to view the ceremony live is via streaming online.
The National Broadcasting Company will show a curated version of the opening ceremony at 8 p.m. Coverage of the Olympic Games will continue until Feb. 25th.