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1/13
Potential flag bearer: Erika Brown
After a 16-year absence, curler Erika Brown returns to the Olympics, this time as the skip of her rink. Brown will be making her third Olympic appearance. In 1998 her rink finished fifth in curling’s inaugural Olympic Games. Brown, 41, was only 15 years old when she first competed in the Olympics in 1988, when curling was a demonstration sport.
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2/13
Potential flag bearer: Julie Chu
Julie Chu is the senior member and captain of the women’s hockey team and the only active player from the 2002 U.S. team. This will be Chu's fourth Olympic Games, with two silver medals and one bronze medal already on her resume.
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3/13
Potential flag bearer: Emily Cook
Weeks before the 2002 Salt Lake Games, aerialist Emily Cook was set to make her Olympic debut until she broke both of her ankles in a training accident. After missing two seasons of competition, and essentially having to learn to walk again, Cook competed in Torino and Vancouver, reaching the final in 2010.
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4/13
Potential flag bearer: Meryl Davis and Charlie White
The silver medalists in ice dancing at the Vancouver Games, Michigan-raised Davis and White have been skating together since they were just kids, some 17 years of preparation leading into the Sochi Games. The duo are favorites to win the gold this time around against rivals and close friends Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, a team they train alongside in Detroit.
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5/13
Potential flag bearer: Shani Davis
American speed skater Shani Davis is a two-time gold medalist in the 1000m and double silver medalist in the 1500m. He became the first black athlete to win an individual gold medal at a Winter Olympics and can become the first American male to win the same event at three consecutive Winter Olympics.
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