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More siblings in 2014 Winter Olympics than in any other: Seven sets from U.S.

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On Feb. 17, Amy Robach of ABC News reported about the siblings at the 2014 Winter Olympics, either competing together or against each other. Robach says there are more siblings in this Olympic than in any other. There are seven sets of siblings on Team USA in addition to siblings from other countries.

All over Sochi, siblings are competing next to each other. Some siblings are competing as teammates. Some siblings are competing as rivals. For all of the siblings, the experience makes for some special photos for the family album. In other words, the term "Olympic family" can be taken literally.

When Martin Fourcade won his first Olympic gold this week, the French biathlete got to celebrate in the finish area with the teammate he grew up trying to beat, his older brother Simon.

Other than the Fourcade siblings, there are two brothers on Norway's team, three sisters on Switzerland's and female twins on Ukraine's, while women's sprint gold medalist Anastasiya Kuzmina, who competes for Slovakia, has her brother Anton Shipulin on the Russian team.

In men's double luge, Austrian brothers Andreas and Wolfgang Linger took silver, and Latvian brothers Andris and Juris Sics won bronze.

The three Dufour-Lapointe sisters of Canada made headlines when Justine and Chloe took gold and silver in moguls. Justine and Chloe are pictured above.

In the speedskating arena, Dutch twins Michel and Ronald Mulder won gold and bronze in the men's 500-meter race.

In skeleton, Martins Dukurs of Latvia has brother Tomass on the team. Cross-country skier Dario Cologna will try for his third gold when he competes in the team sprint next week with younger brother Gianluca for Switzerland.

Taylor Fletcher of Steamboat Springs, Colorado is competing in Nordic combined along with brother Bryan.

American ice dancer Alex Shibutani, who is competing with sister Maia says, "She's my sister for the rest of my life. To be on this journey, it means so much more to us for that very reason, and to our family as well."

Why are so many siblings competing at the Olympics?

There might be a simple explanation for this. It is natural for siblings to compete when they are growing up. When siblings are younger, they strive to be better than the other. In some cases, siblings end up competing against each other on all the way to the Olympics like Erik and Sadie Bjornsen, from Winthrop, Washington who are on the U.S. cross-country team.

Congratulations are extended to all the siblings who made it to Olympics whether they win bronze, silver or gold.


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