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Alex Ovechkin (RUS) Ice Hockey
Ovechkin, one of the most prolific goal scorers in hockey today, is the son of Tatyana Ovechkina, a mainstay on the Soviet Union women’s basketball team in the 1970s and 1980s. Tatyana Ovechkina won gold medals at both the 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics, while Alex has represented the Russian Olympic hockey team at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Games.
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Alex Schlopy (USA) Freeski Slopestyle
Schlopy comes from a long line of Olympians. His mother, Holly Flanders, represented the U.S. in the Winter Olympics in 1980 and 1984. His cousin, Erik Schlopy, competed in three Winter Games (1994, 2002, 2006), and by his cousin’s marriage, he is also related to the swimmer Summer Sanders who won four Olympic medals in 1992. His dad was also a professional athlete. He was a placekicker for the Buffalo Bills.
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Alex Harvey (CAN) Cross-Country
The Vancouver Olympian is the son of Pierre Harvey, who competed in four Olympic Games. He was a member of the Canadian cycling team father, Pierre Harvey, was the first Canadian male athlete to compete in both the 1984 Summer Olympics, in cycling, and Winter Olympics, in cross-country skiing. Pierre Harvey, a 1976 Olympian in cycling, also competed in cross-country skiing at the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary, where he was chosen to take the athlete’s oath.
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Carolina Kostner (ITA) Figure Skating
The Italian has ice in her blood – literally. The 26 year old's father, Erwin, was the captain of the Italian national hockey team at the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo. She is also the second cousin and godchild of alpine skier Isolde Kostner, a three-time Olympic medalist (silver in the 2002 women’s downhill and bronzes in the 1994 downhill and super-G.). While the Italian team did not make it past the preliminary rounds at those Games, Carolina, the 2012 world champion, also has a mom who was a nationally-ranked figure skater.
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Elisabeth Goergl (AUT) Alpine skiing
The Vancouver Olympic bronze medalist in downhill and giant slalom is the daughter of Traudl Hecher, who won bronze in the downhill as a 16-year-old at the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, becoming the youngest medalist in Olympic Alpine skiing history.
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