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There are 230 members on the US Winter Olympic team in Sochi. With a handful of exceptions, most Olympians in Sochi studied at colleges and universities in northern mountainous regions with snow and mountain peaks that rival the hills in Russia’s resort city Sochi.

There are a few exceptions. Lolo Jones traded sprinting with bobsledding, but Jones did college and university studies at Louisiana State. Brittany Bowe, the famed speed skater studied at Florida Atlantic and short-track speed skater John Robert “J.R.” Celski studied at UCAL-Berkeley.

Ten percent, or 23, of the US Winter Olympic team in Sochi studied at Westminster College in Utah (Forbes). Devotion to Winter Olympics may have been inspired by the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. In 2005, Westminster College partnered with the US Ski and Snowboard Association. The Association has been covering tuition for its athletes since 2005. The Association built its own center in 2009.

Hockey player T.J Oshie is one of the biggest stars in the Sochi right now. His final shootout against Russia's goalie won the US Medal over the weekend. Russia dominates Olympics hockey, but fell to the US this year. Oshie studied at the University of North Dakota, as did three of his Olympic ice hockey teammates: Jocelyne Lamoureux, Monique Lamoureux, and Zach Parise.

The University of Minnesota has eight Olympic athletes representing in Sochi and the Unviersity of Utah has eight. Ten are from the University of Wisconsin, including curling player Erika Brown. The rest of the UW crew play ice hockey (businessinsider).

USA Today triumphed curling, an Olympic board game on ice. The American women's team didn't fare very well. Most of its competitors are middle-aged women, which contrasts greatly for members on other country's teams.

The Winter Olympics in Sochi end on February 23. Summer Olympics to Rio De Janeiro. You can countdown the days, 899 until the opening ceremony.

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