Comcast have announced support for 13 Team USA athletes ©Comcast

A total of 13 American athletes will be supported by telecommunications conglomerate Comcast as they build towards the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The largest cable company in the United States, who own Olympic broadcaster NBC, announced they had teamed up with the athletes before the Games.

They boast a partnership with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), with the company stating they are proud to support the athletes in their pursuit of success.

Sochi 2014 women’s slopestyle gold medallist Jamie Anderson, freestyle skiing silver medal winner Gus Kenworthy and cross-country skier Jessie Diggins are among the athletes being supported.

Two-time Olympic bobsleigh medallist Elana Meyers Taylor, snowboarder Red Gerard, speedskater Joey Mantia and freestyle skier Torin Yater-Wallac are also included.

Hilary Knight, a two-time Olympic ice hockey silver medallist, who scored the winning goal in this year’s International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship final has been chosen.

She is joined by team-mates and twin sisters Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson and Monique Lamoureux.

Alpine skier Danelle Umstead, who has won three Paralympic bronze medals, completes the list of supported athletes, along with para ice hockey players Rico Roman and Declan Farmer.

Hilary Knight is one of three ice hockey players to be supported by Comcast ©Getty Images
Hilary Knight is one of three ice hockey players to be supported by Comcast ©Getty Images

“We’re proud to support these incredible athletes for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018,” said Matt Lederer, executive director of partnership marketing at Comcast.

“Behind these incredible athletes are inspiring stories of hard work, dedication, victory and defeat.

“As they head out to compete against the best athletes in the world, we are honoured to bring their friends, family, communities and all Americans closer to every Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games moment in new and innovative ways on their TVs and across devices.”

Comcast are a partner of USOC through to 2020, including both the Pyeongchang and Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics will take place from February 9 to 25, with the Paralympics following from March 8 to 18.