From the beaches of San Diego and Orange County to the ski slopes of Squaw Valley and Mammoth Lakes, California has produced an impressive crop of Olympians. Get to know the snowboarders, figure skaters, hockey players and more that hail from the Sunshine State.
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Dustin Brown, Hockey
The captain of the Los Angeles Kings, hockey player Dustin Brown lives in Manhattan Beach with his wife and three kids. Already a silver medalist from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Brown will bring his strong leadership skills and distinctly physical playing style to Team USA’s quest for hockey gold in Sochi.
Kelly Clark, Snowboarding
Snowboarder Kelly Clark is a three-time Olympian with two medals in the halfpipe event—gold from the 2002 Salt Lake Games and bronze from the 2010 Vancouver Games. The Mammoth Lakes resident was also the first woman to land a 1080 jump in competition at a superpipe event.
Hannah Teter, Snowboarding
Snowboarder Hannah Teter captured gold in the halfpipe event in her 2006 Olympic debut, then took silver in 2010. She lives in South Lake Tahoe and names Sierra at Tahoe as her favorite snowboarding spot in the area.
Hilary Knight, Hockey
Born in San Francisco, Hilary Knight learned to ski in the mountains of northern California before trading ski poles for a hockey stick. She was the youngest member of the silver medal-winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team at the 2010 Vancouver Games.
Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding
Snowboarder Jamie Anderson was raised in Lake Tahoe and started snowboarding on Sierra Mountain at age 9. She became the youngest ever Winter X Games medalist at age 15, and she is considered a favorite in the Olympic inaugural edition of slopestyle in Sochi.