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18 for ’18: Who, what and where in SoCal will be worthy of our sports attention?

By in Press Enterprise on January 6, 2018

By Tom Hoffarth

We’re giving it 100-percent effort to unscientifically gather intel on who, what and where in Southern California will be most worthy of our sports-centric attention this year. Our ultimate goal is to have zero omissions.

Of course, we’ll all get blindsided – a midseason trade, an unscheduled rookie success story, or a Ball family international incident. But even if the cost of sending a simple letter jumps to a half-dollar on Jan. 21, we’re not going to mail this one in.

From the deck we’ve been currently dealt, consider these the 18 people, places and things – some obvious, a few more obscure – we can almost guarantee will have some sort of impact on how you enjoy the 2018 year in sports.

Me being a weirdo 🙈 pic.twitter.com/tdqKevjDAL

— Chloe Kim (@chloekimsnow) October 30, 2017

CHLOE KIM

Something to get your head around: Someone born in this century is now old enough to be a U.S. Olympic athlete. The 17-year-old snowboarder, born in Long Beach and going to La Palma Christian School while training at Mammoth Mountain, actually qualified for Team USA to be at the 2014 Winter Games but was barred because of her age. The first woman to ever land back-to-back 1080s (three full revolutions in the air) during competition nearly two years ago now has the chance to represent her country at the Feb. 9-25 Winter Games in South Korea, where her parents are from. “A lot of my relatives over there have never seen me compete before, so I think it’s going to be pretty cool for everyone,” said Kim, on the Time magazine list of the “30 Most Influential Teens of 2017.”

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