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Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir, U.S.
Boston-based Castelli and Shnapir won their second straight U.S. gold in January at TD Garden, but won't factor into the medal conversation in pairs in Sochi. The duo hopes to place within the top six, which would be a personal best on the world stage.
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Javier Fernandez, Spain
The Spaniard made his debut in Vancouver, but has become a threat for a medal over the last four years, winning the last two European Championships after capturing the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships.
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Yulia Lipnitskaya, Russia
At 15, Russia's Yulia Lipnitskaya has had a banner season, winning three Grand Prix medals and then capturing the European Championships, its youngest winner ever. She'll be joined by 17-year-old countrywoman Adelina Sotnikova in Russia's quest for a spot on the ladies' medal podium.
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Jason Brown, U.S.
The Riverdance-ing 19-year-old became a viral sensation after his Nationals free skate went online, the teen earning a silver medal with the performance. He'll be an outside shot for a medal after placing third at the Paris Grand Prix stop in November.
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Yuzuru Hanyu, Japan
The Japanese youngster staked his claim by winning the Grand Prix Final over Chan in December. He's been third and fourth at the last two World Championships and is the reigning and two-time Japan national champ.
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