These Olympians Were Born in the '90s. Feel Old Yet?
Birthday: December 14, 1998
Sport: Freestyle skiing
At 15, Maggie Voisin just barely meets the official age requirement for her sport and is the youngest American athlete headed to Sochi. To put this into context, she was born the same year that Dawson's Creek premiered. Voisin put on her first pair of skis at age 2, around the same time you were at home watching Joey choose Pacey over Dawson.
Birthday: June 18, 1998
Sport: Figure skating
Another one just fulfilling the age requirement, Polina Edmunds, 15, will reading be up on the Cold War and studying biology in between events at the Olympics, she says. "I definitely still have to do schoolwork," she told NBC. "I'm probably going to be taking a lot with me and checking online while I'm there." Homework—remember that?
Birthday: June 4, 1996
Arielle Gold was on skis by the time she was 3. At age 7, she switched to snowboarding to be more like her big brother Taylor Gold, who's also an accomplished snowboarder going to Sochi. (When I was 7, my parents put me on skis for the first time. Do you know what I did? I fell down the bunny slopes and almost broke my leg.)
Birthday: March 13, 1995
Sport: Alpine skiing
Before she could even get a driver's license, Mikaela Shiffrin
was going 90 miles an hour down the slopes. The teen sensation is now the youngest American to ever win a World Cup season title and has won three out of five World Cup slalom races this winter. She's heavily favored to win gold in Sochi in the slalom and giant slalom events. And, yes, she's a licensed driver now, and has been since...oh god...2012.
Birthday: August 17, 1995
Sport: Figure skating
18-year-old Gracie Gold
, the 2014 U.S. national figure skating champion, is hoping to bring home a medal from Sochi in the women's singles figure skating event before she graduates high school. Yep, today's high-school seniors were born in 1995, meaning Gold wasn't even alive when Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by Tonya Harding's ex-husband before the 1994 Winter Olympics.
Birthday: March 14, 1994
What gesture is Nick Goepper even making in that photo? (Am I old or just out of touch?) The 19-year-old Goepper will make his Olympic debut in ski slopestyle, a sport that is also making its debut this year.
Birthday: August 1, 1994
Sport: Ski jumping
At 19, Sarah Hendrickson has already made history by landing a spot on the inagural women's ski jumping team. In Sochi, all eyes will be on her and her teammates Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome as well as their international female counterparts as they compete for the first time at the Olympic level. (We made history when we were 19 too. You might have heard about our college intramurel dodgeball record. It was a really competitive season and...actually, you know what? Forget about it.)
Birthday: January 10, 1994
Maddie Bowman, 20, landed in the middle of the freeskiing world as a high-school senior in 2012, medaling in nearly every competition she entered. As the reigning X Games champion, she'll be making her Olympic debut in ski halfpipe, one of the new sports being introduced at the Winter Games. What an impressive resumé! Someone should buy this girl a drink...oh, right, she's not legal yet.
Birthday: February 17, 1993
The youngest of five kids, Devin Logan
took up skiing to be like her older brothers. Surely, her older siblings also educated her about important things that happened before she was born, like the first four seasons of Seinfeld. Also: the 80s. Now, at just 20 years old, Logan has crushed competition this season in skiing, and is poised to bring home gold from Sochi. "Hopefully, some day, I'll be someone little girls say they look up to," she told Shape. We're confident that they will, Logan!
Birthday: June 5, 1991
Last, but most certainly not least, is Bobby Brown, rounding out our list of athletes born in the 90s. At 22, Brown is the oldest athlete on our list, but still fairly young in comparison to the full roster of U.S. athletes going to Russia (230 in total). He does look like a strapping young man, no?