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Brittany Bowe, Speedskating
Inspired by performances at the Vancouver Games, Brittany Bowe hung up her basketball jersey at Florida Atlantic University and strapped on her skates in Salt Lake City, Utah. She now currently holds the world record in the 1000m and competes at the Olympics for the first time in Sochi.
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Chris Fogt, Bobsled
No stranger to wearing the stars and stripes, after representing the U.S. in Vancouver on the bobsled team, Chris Fogt spent a year deployed in Iraq with the U.S. Army. After returning, the Orange Bank native has pushed himself hard and to compete on the Olympic stage again this year.
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Eddy Alvarez, Short Track Speedskating
Moving from inline racing and the sands of South Beach, Eddy Alvarez took up short track speed skating on the ice of Salt Lake City, Utah. After spending the last year on the World Cup team, he now takes part in his first Olympics.
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Jessica Jerome, Ski Jumping
Leaving behind the sunshine state, Jessica Jerome went to Park City to train for the first-ever women's U.S. Olympic Ski Jump Team. After seven years on the Continental circuit, she managed a bronze finish in the World Cup event in Germany last year. After reigning victorious in the U.S. Olympic Trials, Jerome will be a competitor in the inaugural women's Olympic ski jumping competition.
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Tomas Kopecky, Hockey
Eight year hockey veteran, Tomas Kopecky, currently plays for the Florida Panthers and will suit up for Slovakia at the 2014 Sochi Games.
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