Which American Olympians are poised to have breakout performances in Sochi? Which ones could make history? Which ones do you simply have to watch? We break down 23 names you will know well before the end of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
J.R. Celski, short track
Celski left Vancouver with two bronze medals and has taken the reigns from Apolo Ohno as the top American short track skater. The Seattle native will have his best chance at medals in the 1000m and 1500m.
Julie Chu, hockey
Chu, the eldest member of the U.S. women’s hockey team at 31, is entering her fourth Olympics and looking to lead her club to its first Olympic gold medals since 1998.
Kelly Clark, snowboarding
Heading to her fourth Winter Games, Clark looks to add a third medal to her gold (2002) and bronze (2010). At 30, Clark continues to excel, and was atop the podium at the World Cup event at Copper Mountain in December 2013 and won the halfpipe test event in Sochi last February.
Shani Davis, speed skating
Davis is the first black athlete to win an individual gold at a Winter Games, and is also the two-time defending Olympic champion in the 1000m. He will contend for medals in both the 1000m and 1500m.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White, ice dancing
The American ice dancers are two-time world champions (in 2011 and 2013) and will attempt to win the U.S. their first-ever gold in ice dancing after placing second behind training partners and rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada in 2010.