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A tattoo spelling out "family" on Heather Richardson's wrist underscores the importance she places on her loved ones. Richardson's koi fish tattoos on her feet are positioned to symbolize her zodiac sign, Pisces.
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A large tattoo of St. Michael, the patron saint of law enforcement, spans the back of figure skater John Coughlin. Coughlin's mother would often pray to St. Michael for protection over Coughlin's father, a policeman.
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If you look close enough, you might make out the collection of tattoos on snowboader Louie Vito's left arm: an image of St. Christopher, an image of St. Michael, "Phil 4:13", "Famiglia Vito", his sister's initials and his mother's initials.
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Lindsey Van reveals a tattoo of a ski jumper on her hip. Van has fought tirelessly for the inclusion of women's ski jumping in the Winter Olympics. In 2014, her goal will be made a reality when women's ski jumping is introduced in Sochi for the first time ever at the Winter Olympics.
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Ski jumper Lindsey Van's foot tattoo, "starboard", denotes the right side of a boat. The tattoo symbolizes the side of the womb she was in when her mother carried her and her twin brother, who has the word "port" tattooed on his left foot.
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