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Men's 500m
Canada's Charles Hamelin is one of the major contenders in the 500m after winning gold in the distance in Vancouver. Hamelin will battle with Russia's Viktor Ahn, in what will likely become a common theme through the Olympics. Hamelin finished second in the overall World Cup standings last season.
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Men's 1000m
Viktor Ahn won three gold medals in 2006 for South Korea under the name Ahn Hyun-Soo. But he switched nations after failing to make the 2010 South Korean Olympic team and will skate as Viktor for Russia in Sochi. He'll be a major medal contender in the 1000m after finishing second in the overall World Cup standings for the distance
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Men's 1500m
American J.R. Celski will look to win gold in the 1500m after winning silver in the event in Vancouver. Despite a mediocre World Cup season in the individual distances, he ended on a strong note and won gold in the 1500m at the final event of the World Cup season, which took place in Russia.
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Men's 5000m relay
The men's relay will be highly contested in Sochi, with contenders such as Canada and Russia posing big threats. But one of the main storylines is how the U.S. men will perform after finishing first in the overall World Cup standings for the relay this season.
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Women's 500m
The women's 500m took a surprise twist when China's Wang Meng got injured in January training for the Games. Wang dominated the sprint over the years, winning two Olympic golds in the distance. Now, contenders like Arianna Fontana of Italy, pictured above, Fan Kexin of China and Park Seung-Hi of South Korea have a shot at gold.
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