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Meet Team USA. by Alicia Radford | May 16, Selected out of over nominations based on thei Selected out of over nominations based on their . Team USA will look to build on that momentum this summer, as Harrison He reached the Olympics in but was disqualified after testing. At the London Games in , the United States took its first team Olympic title since While Gabby Douglas (seated, center) became the.
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir Sport: Pairs figure skating About them: Castelli and Shnapir are making their first appearance in the Olympics. The pair began skating together in and won back-to-back titles at the US Championships this year and last, as well as taking bronze in the Four Continents Championships. Snowboard cross About her: Lindsey Jacobellis is searching for an elusive Olympic gold medal after winning silver in and finishing fifth in Originally from Danbury, Conn.
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Jacobellis is hoping to bounce back after a torn ACL she suffered at the X Games in caused her to miss significant time. Lolo Jones is returning to the Olympics for the third time, but for the first time as a Winter Olympian. Jones is a two-time Olympic hurdler, competing in Beijing in and London in She was on her way to a gold medal in the meter hurdles in but stumbled over the second-to-last hurdle and finished seventh.
She placed fourth in the same event inmissing the podium by a tenth of a second. Snowboard halfpipe About her: The West Dover, Vt. She has won 11 X Games medals, including eight golds, and was ranked No. She won her 60th career event during the season, more than any other male or female snowboarder.
Hamlin is returning to the Olympics for her third try at a medal.
She made the team for Turin and finished 12th, which was good for where she was in her career. She broke out on the international stage inwinning the gold medal at the World Championships, and was a favorite heading into the Winter Games.
Hamlin finished a disappointing 16th in Vancouver, but has steadily been moving her way back to the top. The highlight of was a sixth-place finish at the World Championships.
Hamlin leads a young US team that is hoping to capture the first American medal in Olympic luge. Alpine skiing About him: Bode Miller has become a household name in US skiing.
The native of Franconia, N. He took home his first Olympic medals by winning silver in the giant slalom and combined at Salt Lake City in He won three more medals in Vancouver intaking bronze in the downhill, silver in Super-G, and capturing his first Olympic gold in the super combined. He is a two-time overall World Cup champion, a three-time combined champion, a two-time super G champion, and a one-time giant slalom champion.
He holds the American male record for World Cup wins and has won nine individual US skiing championships from to Pikus-Place would have been a gold-medal favorite heading into Turin but an accident during a training run left her with a shattered leg.
She came back in to win gold at the World Championships and was a contender going into Vancouver, where she place fourth.
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She temporarily retired after Vancouver, but unretired two years later to make one last Olympic bid. Pikus-Pace totaled four gold medals on the World Cup circuit and finished the World Cup season in second place. She is a strong contender for a gold medal heading into Sochi. Freestyle skiing About her: Kearney will be going back to the Olympics to try to defend the gold medal she won in moguls in Vancouver in My grades got better.
It was tough at home when my parents got divorced, but boxing helped me get through it. When her parents divorced, she remained with her father so she could continue training with Silva.
After she won her first national title at 16, Silva encouraged her to join the debate team so she would be better with the media. She graduated from high school as class president with a high GPA, but put off attending college at Rice University to continue her training.
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Her grueling schedule has paid off; she has only lost twice to U. Each time, she retooled. Lunch is pork loin or chicken breast and vegetables she put on six pounds of muscle to move up to the pound class, the lowest for women boxers.
Then, she often naps. Silva meets her at the gym at the Fellowship of Nations in Houston, where she began training last year after the gym they started at more than a decade ago closed. She jumps rope, hits the bags and spars under his watchful eye. Later, she goes for a run of anywhere from a mile to four miles. Esparza punched her ticket to London by winning the U. Olympic trials, going undefeated and beating Washington D. Then she had to finish as the highest flyweight at the world championships in China in May where eight boxers from the weight class earned automatic Olympic berths.
She started fast, defeating Argentina's Paola Benavidez,in the first round before downing Vietnam's teenage phenom, Luu Thi Duyen, But her win streak stopped when Esparza dropped a decision to Ren Cancan of China, the eventual world champion now ranked number one among flyweights.
Like other losses, Esparza says she learned from this one and will come back stronger. She's been boxing internationally since she was 16, so she knows her opponents well. She wants to be calm, dissecting her opponents, always thinking, always seeking the peace of mind that will let her do her best.
This time I will be more mentally prepared.