The kids are more than all right in Pyeongchang; in fact, they’re killing it. As on the runway, the teens are ruling the 2018 Winter Olympics. And not just by winning a whole lot of medals for the United States, they’re also doing it with shameless teenaged vibes, exhibiting the behavior we would expect from people born in the year 2000 with the professionalism of elite athletes with six-figure endorsement deals. Tweeting on the slopes, accidentally cursing on live TV, talking about junk food, sharing Instagram photos, tagging their significant others, ending their plural nouns with two s’s—the teens are not holding back. Forget about millennials: The paranoid and fearful among us, the aged crowd, should be worried a lot more about these very talented, even more chill youths of Generation Z.
Take exhibit A: Red Gerard, the 17-year-old slopestyle snowboarder who won the first gold medal for the U.S. in South Korea. Not only did Gerard immediately shout “holy fuck!” after his results were posted—he later admitted that he had stayed up too late watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine and accidentally slept in the day of his race. Now, Gerard is the youngest American man in 90 years to win gold at the Winter Olympics. When asked about the family he brought to Pyeongchang to support him, he said, obviously, “They were all shotgunning beers on the way to the mountains.”
Then there is Chloe Kim, Gerard’s fellow snowboarder, also 17, whose Southern California sunniness matches her signature blonde ombré. Kim also cinched a gold medal, in the halfpipe snowboarding competition, and after her first run tweeted about how she wished she had finished her breakfast sandwich from earlier in the day, and that she was now “hangry.” A few hours later, at the medal ceremony, Kim tried not to cry, later revealing that she didn’t want to mess up her eyeliner.
Kim’s childhood snowboarding friends Hailey Langland and Maddie Mastro are a central part of the snowboarding cool-teen contingent. Langland, who goes by @yung_hails (of course), posted a photo with Gerard post–Olympics Opening Ceremony, which she also documented in another post (“My first opening ceremony with ma friendss!”). Mastro, also 17, snowboarded at the games and is doing, classically, what teens do: date other teens. The guy she’s posting on Instagram is Miguel Porteous, a skier from New Zealand who’s at the Olympics, too.
A strong contender for international teen affiliate is Emily Arthur, 18, who made it to the halfpipe snowboarding final and who recovered from a nasty fall during it. Before the course, the camera captured her singing Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” to herself at the top of the slope. She told Australian TV that she and her best friend, Mastro, were trying to get more followers (duh).
America’s youngest Olympian at the 2018 Winter Olympics, 17-year-old Vincent Zhou, is not as prolific on Instagram as some of his contemporaries, but has definitely mastered the teen clap-back (which is like a regular clap-back, but from a teen to an adult who doesn’t know what they’re talking about) by calling out a reporter who tried to say that figure skating wasn’t a sport. You go, Zhou.