Gracie Gold

Countdown to Sochi: Figure skater Gracie Gold

06 February 2014 Comments are off for this post.
If any athlete is poised to become a star at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, it is American figure skater Gracie Gold. With a name tailor-made for an Olympic podium, the 18-year-old Californian won the U.S.…
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Shaun White

Countdown to Sochi: Snowboarder Shaun White

05 February 2014 Comments are off for this post.
As a two-time Olympic gold medalist, Shaun White comes to Sochi as a leading contender once again in the snowboard halfpipe. In Russia, White will attempt to become the first male American athlete to win gold in three consecutive Olympic Winter Games. (Listen to Countdown to Sochi for 2/5/14) CLICK…
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Amanda Kessel

Countdown to Sochi: Amanda and Phil Kessel of Team USA

04 February 2014 Comments are off for this post.
If Team USA is going to come how with medals in men’s and women’s ice hockey, chances are the Kessel family will play a big role. Big brother Phil of the Toronto Maple Leafs will be a part of the men’s squad, while little sister Amanda stars for the women.…
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Germany Ski Jumping Ladies World Cup

Countdown to Sochi: Ski jumper Lindsey Van

03 February 2014 Comments are off for this post.
Ski jumping has been an Olympic staple for 90 years, but a big change is coming this month in Sochi. For the first time, women will be able to fly on skis in the Olympics as the event has been added to the program. American Lindsey Van was one of…
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Lolo Jones

Countdown to Sochi: Bobsledder Lolo Jones

02 February 2014 Comments are off for this post.
After hitting a hurdle and missing out on a gold medal in Beijing back in 2008, Lolo Jones came up empty again four years later at the 2012 London Olympics. At that point, Jones decided to give up her track and field career – but not her Olympic dream. Jones…
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Germany Skeleton World Cup

Countdown to Sochi: Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace

01 February 2014 Comments are off for this post.
Skeleton is among the fastest sports in the Olympic Winter Games and that also means the margins between winning a medal and going home empty-handed are very, very small. American Noelle Pikus-Pace knows that all too well, having finished fourth in the women’s skeleton competition four years ago in Vancouver…
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Alex Ovechkin

Countdown to Sochi: Alex Ovechkin of Team Russia

31 January 2014 Comments are off for this post.
While Team USA and Team Canada played for the gold in Vancouver four years ago, Team Russia was on the outside looking in, suffering an embarrassing 7-3 loss to the Canadians in the quarterfinals. But this year, with one of the biggest stars in the game in Alex Ovechkin, and…
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Julia Mancuso

Countdown to Sochi: Alpine skier Julia Mancuso

30 January 2014 Comments are off for this post.
Julia Mancuso will ski in her fourth Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, having competed in Salt Lake City before winning gold in the giant slalom at Torino 2006 and a pair of silver medals four years ago in Vancouver. The three-time medalist is the most decorated American woman in alpine…
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