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6/16
Steven Holcomb, bobsled
Holcomb piloted the U.S. sled "Night Train" to gold in Vancouver, the first U.S. bobsled gold medal since 1948. A former member of the National Guard, Holcomb almost retired from the sport prior to the 2010 Olympics due to a degenerative eye condition, before a surgery reversed his near-blindness.
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7/16
Nate Holland, snowboard cross
Holland, 35, is a two-time Olympic veteran. He has won six Winter X Games gold medals but will be looking for his first podium finish in Sochi.
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8/16
Lindsey Jacobellis, snowboard cross
Jacobellis, 28, is making her third Olympic appearance. She won silver in snowboard cross in the 2006 Torino Games - an infamous silver medal that she settled for after she blew a seemingly insurmountable lead attempting a trick off of a jump. She missed the podium entirely in Vancouver, then tore her ACL in an X Games practice in 2012. Healthy once again, Jacobellis is back to make another run at gold.
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9/16
Hannah Kearney, moguls skiing
Kearney is a favorite in moguls for Sochi, after winning gold in Vancouver and winning the World Championships in 2013.
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10/16
Ted Ligety, Alpine skiing
Ligety won gold at the 2006 Torino Olympics in the super-combined event. He missed the podium at the 2010 Vancouver Games but looks strong going into Sochi: He finished third overall in the world standings in 2013 after winning gold at the 2013 World Championships in super-G, giant slalom and super-combined.
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