Montana athletes take Pyeongchang

Darian Stevens will soon take on her first-ever Olympic games.

Millions will tune into the 2018 Winter Games and there are plenty of reasons for Montanans to cheer on Team USA. A handful of Montanans are in Pyeongchang, South Korea, along with plenty of other connections to the Big Sky.

Butte native Brad Wilson will compete for medals on the 2018 freestyle ski team, along with Whitefish's own Maggie Voisin and Darian Stevens of Missoula. Wilson will make a run in moguls, while Voisin and Stevens compete in freeski slopestyle.

MSU nordic skier Johanna Taliharm will also make the trip from Montana -- only she'll represent her home country, Estonia, as a biathlete. She's no stranger to the Olympic stage, with Pyeongchang marking her second Olympics.

Wilson and Voisin also have Olympic experience. Wilson finished 20th in moguls at Sochi, but Voisin didn't compete at the 2014 Games after suffering a broken ankle in a training run after qualifying for Team USA. New to the Olympic stage is Stevens. She'll look to build on her world championship experience.

Montana-raised Dr. Brett Toresedahl will tend to the U.S. biathlon team, as Bozeman-based Dr. John Wilhelm works with the U.S. bobsled and skeleton teams.

"To be there with them, helping them and representing our country," Wilhelm said, "what could be better than that?"

Some of the athletes say they wouldn't be in Pyeongchang without a little hometown support.

"Out of Missoula, the amount of support that I get from people is unbelievable, really," Stevens told NBC Montana.

Taliharm says she owes the opportunity to her team in Bozeman.

"I definitely would not be in Pyeongchang, like anywhere close, if I would not be on MSU Nordic team, for sure," Taliharm said.

Taliharm will compete in a sprint race Feb. 10 at 4:15 a.m. You can stream the event online here.

Brad Wilson will race for a moguls medal Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. on NBC Montana, pending qualification Feb. 8 in primetime.

Voisin and Stevens will look to qualify for medals in freeski slopestyle Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. online. Click here to stream the event.

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