With the Games about to start in PyeongChang, members of Team USA are reigniting a longstanding rivalry: the competition between the Winter and Summer Olympics!
PEOPLE sat down with some members of the 2018 Winter Olympic figure skating team, and they dished out reasons why they think the snow and ice always beat the heat.
The number one reason Team USA athletes gave to prove that winter sports are more fun than summer sports? Fashion!
“You get more clothes options because you have to bundle up in the cold, and in the summer you’re too hot to function — but in the cold you just don’t have that problem,” women’s singles figure skater Mirai Nagasu tells PEOPLE.
“You get all the cool jackets, lots of layers, more accessories,” ice dancer Madison Hubbell also says.
“You don’t have to suffer through the heat,” men’s skater Nathan Chen adds. “We get to wear a lot of layers, which is awesome.”
However, the fashion choices aren’t the only thing Team USA Winter athletes think make their sports more fun than their summer counterpart. Others, like ice dancer Zachary Donohue, cited the less painful terrain of winter sports as a reason why he thinks cold trumps heat.
“I’ll tell you, it hurts a lot less to fall on snow than it does on turf or track, or anything that you just hit and don’t go anywhere,” he says. “Especially ice, you’d think ice being hard it’d hurt, but you just glide.”
But perhaps figure skater Adam Rippon has the best answer of all — even if it is adorably immodest.
“Reason one: I’m involved in winter sports,” he says, before pointing out that “you’ll never get a sunburn when you’re inside!”
The 2018 Winter Olympics will air live starting Feb. 8. To learn more, visit teamusa.org.