The countdown to the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 is on!

“Every two years, as the longest continuous sponsor of the Olympic Movement since 1928, The Coca-Cola Company has an amazing opportunity to align our brands with some of the best talent – and truly some of the best people – in the world of sports,” said Dina Gerson, director, Olympic Marketing, Coca-Cola North America.

This year is no different. Heading into PyeongChang 2018 in South Korea, Coca-Cola is thrilled to announce four world-class U.S. competitors to represent Coca-Cola: Olympic freestyle aerial skier Mac Bohonnon, Olympic hopeful men’s figure skater Nathan Chen, Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy and Olympic bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor.

Coca-Cola Olympic and Paralympic athletes were selected based on criteria developed around the brand’s core values.

Meet the Coca-Cola “Four-Pack”...

Mac Bohonnon

Olympic Sport: Freestyle Skiing- Aerials

Birthdate: March 27, 1995

Resides: Park City, Utah

Bohonnon is a three-time World Cup Champion and nine-time World Cup podium finisher, and that’s just the beginning. The 22-year-old was named RIS "Rookie of the Year" in the same year as his Olympic debut and a Top 20 skier under 18 by Powder Magazine at age 16. The avid outdoors and music enthusiast is also enthusiastic about giving back, supporting Operation Smiles and The Speedy Foundation. Bohonnon says he always travels with a ping pong paddle. Who knows, maybe we’ll get so see his ping pong skills in PyeongChang too!

Career Highlights (to name a few):

  • 2017 FIS Freestyle World Cup (and Olympic test event), 3rd place
  • 2017 U.S. National Championships, 1st place
  • 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, 5th place

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Nathan Chen

Olympic Sport: Men’s Figure Skating

Birthdate: May 5, 1999

Resides: Long Beach, California

Photo credit (right): Daphne Backman

Chen is young, talented and hungry! TIME featured Chen in the 2017 "Next Generation Leaders" issue, and Team USA named him "Best Male Athlete" in December 2016 and January 2017. At 17 years old, Chen is the youngest U.S. male skater to qualify for and medal at the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final. For figure skater fans who love to see jumps, keep your eye out for Chen! He’s the first U.S. skater to land seven quadruple jumps in the same competition (2017 U.S. Championships).

Career Highlights (to name a few):

  • 2017 ISU Four Continents Championship, Gold medalist
  • 2017 U.S. Championships, Gold medalist
  • 2016 Grand Prix Finals, Silver medalist

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Amy Purdy

Paralympic Sport: U.S. Paralympic Snowboarding

Birthdate: Nov. 7, 1979

Resides: Silverthorne, Colorado

Photo credit (left): Julianne O’Neill

Coca-Cola first partnered with Purdy during her breakout performance in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Winter Games. She had a typical childhood until losing her legs at 19 as a result of meningitis. Persevering through her medical setbacks, Purdy became the first double leg amputee competitive female snowboarder to compete on a global level. She is currently a top competitor in the world, competing in both Snowboard Cross and Banked Slalom. Off the slopes, she released her memoir, New York Times Best Seller On My Own Two Feet in 2015, became the first double leg amputee contestant to make the finals of Dancing with the Stars (Season 18) and co-founded Adaptive Action Sports, a nonprofit organization.

Career highlights (to name a few):

  • Two-time 2017 World Cup South Korea Bronze Medalist: Banked Slalom and Snowboard Cross
  • Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games, Bronze medalist
  • 2014 Individual award recipient of the Rings of Gold from Team USA

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Elana Meyers Taylor

Olympic Sport: Bobsled

Birthdate: Oct. 10, 1984

Resides: Douglasville, Georgia and Colorado Springs, Colorado

A former professional softball player, Taylor is now a bobsled pioneer and a woman athlete of many firsts – The first female to make the U.S. National Team (competing as 4man bobsled pilot), the first woman to medal in an international competition in the 4man event and the first U.S. female to win World Championships in the 2woman event (2015). Additionally, Taylor is the first female bobsled athlete in the world to win a medal as a brakemen and a driver.

To top it off, Taylor is also the only U.S. female Bobsled athlete to win two Olympic medals. Cheers to adding to the collection in PyeongChang!

Career Highlights (to name a few):

  • 2017 World Champion, 6th World Championships medal of her career (most by any U.S. female)
  • 2017 World Cup, 4 straight Gold medals and 3 Silver medals
  • Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, Silver medalist
  • Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Bronze medalist

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“We're honored that these elite athletes are part of our Coca-Cola family and super excited to support them on their Olympic journey to PyeongChang 2018!" adds Gerson.

This is the seventh time that Coca-Cola has featured athletes as a part of its Olympic marketing campaign. The four athletes will convene for a Coca-Cola photoshoot in Park City, Utah on April 5 and 6. Photos from the shoot will be used in store promotions across the U.S. to help bring the brand’s Olympic core creative to life.

In addition to the Coca-Cola “4-pack”, The Coca-Cola Company will partner with additional athletes that have been identified to work with select participating brands in our Olympic program.

The Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 will take place in the Republic of Korea, February 9-25. The PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games will take place March 9-18. Visit the official Games site for more information, the latest updates and a live countdown!