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Lindsey Van, Ski Jumping
Born in Detroit, ski jumper Lindsey Van was the gold medal winner at the inaugural Women's Ski Jumping World Championship in 2009. She then successfully led the fight to add women's ski jumping to the Olympics and is considered a top contender in the event that makes its Olympic debut this month for women.
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Jilleanne Rookard, Speed Skating
Hailing from Woodhaven, long track speed skater Jilleanne Rookard competed in three events at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics: 3000m, 1500m, and ladies team pursuit. The former inline skater won the 3000m at the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials to punch her ticket to Sochi.
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Alex Shibutani, Figure Skating
Ann Arbor resident and University of Michigan student Alex Shibutani performs as an ice dancer with his sister, Maia. Known as the "Shib sibs," Maia and Alex earned bronze at Skate America 2013 and hope to reach the podium in Sochi.
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Maia Shubutani, Figure Skating
Maia Shibutani moved to Michigan at the age of 13 and followed her brother and ice dancing partner, Alex, to the University of Michigan in 2012. Both Shibutanis name the "Big House" and Zingerman's as two of their favorite spots in Ann Arbor.
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Jeremy Abbott, Figure Skating
2010 Olympian Jeremy Abbott followed his passion for skating to the Detroit Skating Club, where he currently trains. A resident of Royal Oaks, Abbott is the reigning men's figure skating U.S. National Champion.
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