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1/12
12. Luge
Germany still rules the luge, but recent success in the men’s two-man event and a bronze medal for Erin Hamlin in Sochi shows the United States is closer than ever to breaking its drought.
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2/12
11. Modern Pentathlon
Margaux Isaksen finished fourth in the womens’ competition in London. A gold isn’t likely anytime soon, but the foundation is strong.
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leo Mason-USA TODAY Sports
3/12
10. Rhythmic Gymnastics
No American has threatened to medal in years and why not? U.S. athletes are good at gymnastics and dancing, so why not a combination of both?
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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
4/12
9. Pairs Figure Skating
Surprised? Not when you remember that Russian (or Soviet or Unified Team) pairs won at every Olympics from 1964 through 2006.
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Jeff Swinger-USA TODAY Sports
5/12
8. Curling
There’s no reason American curlers shouldn’t be competing with Canada and Norway for Olympic golds. We’re far, far behind in the pants game, however.
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