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Noelle Pikus-Pace
At 31, the American is attempting a comeback after retiring from the sport following a fourth-place finish at the Vancouver Games. Supported by her husband and two small children, who travel with her on the World Cup tour, Pikus-Pace won silver at the World Championships in 2013 and finished the 2013-14 World Cup season second overall.
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Lizzy Yarnold
Great Britain's Lizzy Yarnold had a breakout 2013-14 season, winning gold in four of the eight World Cup races and taking the overall title. Will the 25-year-old now win gold in her Olympic debut?
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Shelley Rudman
Another chief rival of Pikus-Pace's is fellow mom Shelley Rudman, the Briton who won silver in Torino. At age 32, Rudman has a chance at another medal after claiming the 2013 World Championships title.
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Katie Uhlaender
After winning the gold medal at the 2012 World Championships, Uhlaender nearly qualified for the London Olympics in weightlifting. She trains part of the year on her family's farm in Kansas.
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Martins Dukurs
A silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Martins Dukurs won gold at the world championships in 2011 and 2012 and silver again in 2013. His older brother, Tomass, is also a medal contender in Sochi.
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