Abilene
52° F
Clear
Clear
Brownwood
54° F
Overcast
Overcast
San Angelo
54° F
Clear
Clear
Advertisement
 
Click on the images below to read about the athlete.
Close X
 
Shaun White,
snowboarding
After successfully defending his Olympic gold medal in the halfpipe in Vancouver, what else is there for White, now 27, to prove? Although he pulled out of slopestyle, newly added as an Olympic event in Sochi, he'll still be gunning for his third straight gold in the halfpipe event.

Image Credit:USA Today Sports/Reuters
Close X
 
Julie Chu,
ice hockey
The forward has been a member of three Olympic teams, winning two silver medals and a bronze, but has her sights set on gold in Sochi. Team USA hasn't won Olympic gold in women's ice hockey since 1998, the sport's first year as an Olympic event. Chu and her teammates will face their biggest challenge in Canada, which has won the last three Olympic gold medals.

Image Credit: Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Close X
 
Meryl Davis &
Charlie White,
ice dancing
No American team has won an Olympic gold medal in ice dancing, but Davis and White have designs on changing that. The 2010 Olympic silver medalists will arrive in Sochi on a hot streak, becoming the first U.S. team to win a world title in the sport in 2011 and then repeating the feat in 2013.

Image Credit: Brian Snyder/Reuters
Close X
 
Kikkan Randall,
cross-country skiing
Cross-country skiing has been an Olympic sport since the first Winter Games in 1924, with women's events added in 1952. During that time, the only American skier to medal has been Bill Koch, who won silver in 1976. Randall, competing in her fourth Olympics, has a good chance to become the first American medalist since Koch and the first U.S. women's medalist ever.

Image Credit: Thomas Peter/Reuters
Close X
 
Lolo Jones,
bobsledding
While the American hurdler just missed out on a medal in London, she hopes for more success with her transition to bobsledding. Many wrote off the move as little more than attention-seeking behavior, but Jones' squad won gold at the 2013 world championships in the combined bobsled-skeleton competition and earned a silver medal in December at the Women's Bobsled World Cup.

Image Credit:USA Today Sports/Reuters
Close X
 
Shani Davis,
speed skating
In what will be his third, and likely last, Olympic games, Davis, 31, will compete in at least the 500 meters, the 1,000 and the 1,500. He could also end up taking part in the team pursuit. Already the winner of two straight 1,000 golds and two straight 1,500 silvers from Turin and Vancouver, he also holds the world records in both events. With just two medals of any kind in Sochi, he would become America's most decorated male long-track speed skater.

Image Credit: Issei Kato/Reuters
Close X
 
Sarah Hendrickson,
ski jumping
With women's ski jumping making its Olympic debut in Sochi, Hendrickson, 19, hopes to becomes the sport's first star. Her only obstacles are a knee injury suffered in August 2013 and Japan's Sara Takanashi, 17. While Hendrickson won the 2011-12 season World Cup title and beat out Takanashi for the 2013 world championship, she lost the 2012-13 World Cup title to her Japanese rival.

Image Credit: Norsk Telegrambyra AS/Reuters
Close X
 
Kim Yu-na,
figure skating
Despite missing time with a foot injury, the South Korean goes into Sochi as one of the favorites for a gold medal. While she'll face stiff competition from the likes of Italy's Carolina Kostner and Japan's Mao Asada, she has a gold medal from Vancouver and the 2009 and 2013 World titles to her name. Kim, who is trying to become the first woman since Katarina Witt to repeat as Olympic champion, has said she plans to retire after Sochi.

Image Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters
Close X
 
Ole Einar Bjorndalen,
biathlon
Norway tends to excel when it comes to flat snow and perhaps nobody reflects that better than Bjorndalen. If he medals in the men's relay and the mixed relay, and he'll likely be favored for gold in both, he would become the most decorated Winter Olympian of all time with 13 medals, surpassing retired Norwegian cross-country skier Bjorn Daehlie.

Image Credit: Lehtikuva Lehtikuva/Reuters
Close X
 
Viktor Ahn,
short-track speed skating
Competing for his native South Korea in the 2006 Winter Olympics, Ahn won three gold medals and a bronze, topping all athletes in Turin. The five-time Overall World Champion was sidelined for more than a year with a knee injury that left him shut out of the 2010 Winter Olympics. After a falling out with the South Korean skating association, he sought Russian citizenship and will be representing Russia in Sochi.

Image Credit: Carlos Barria/Reuters
Close X
 
Alex Ovechkin,
ice hockey
Russia hasn't medaled in Olympics men's ice hockey since a bronze in 2002, but Ovechkin hopes to change that with the games being played on home ice in Sochi. The Washington Capitals superstar, and perhaps his homeland's most famous Winter Olympian, played in both the 2006 and 2010 Olympics, missing out on medals both times.

Image Credit: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Close X
 
Felix Loch,
luge
All Germany's Loch did at age 20 in Vancouver was become the youngest Olympic champion in world men's luge history. Now 24, Loch also claims eight world championship gold medals on his resume as he heads into Sochi looking to defend his 2010 title. Felix's father Norbert, who is Germany's head coach, was also an Olympic luger, placing 13th for East Germany at the 1984 Winter Olympics.

Image Credit: USA Today Sports/Reuters
Close X
 
Tina Maze
alpine skiing
After dominating this winter's overall World Cup, the 30-year-old Slovenian skier looks to star in Sochi and better the two silvers she earned in Vancouver. One of just six women who have won in all five World Cup events, she has 22 World Cup victories in her career, is the current world champion in Super-G and won the overall World Cup in the 2013 season.

Image Credit: Mike Segar/Reuters
Close X
 
Tatiana Volosozhar &
Maxim Trankov,
pairs figure skating
After placing 12th and eighth with fellow Ukrainian skater Stanislav Morozov at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, Volosozhar teamed up with Trankov after Morozov's retirement. After claiming silvers at the World Championships in 2011 and 2012, they won gold in 2013. Russia has long dominated Olympic pairs figure skating, claiming 12 straight gold medals since 1964 before being shut out in Vancouver. Volosozhar and Trankov hope to put Russia back on top in Sochi.

Image Credit: Issei Kato/Reuters