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U.S. Olympic Committee officially endorses record-breaking 230-athlete team

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With less than two weeks to go before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games kick off in Sochi, Russia, the U.S. Olympic Committee put its official stamp of approval on the nation's 230-member team, according to a Jan. 27 press release.

Team USA, which features 125 men and 105 women, is the largest delegation ever sent to any Winter Olympic Games by any nation. The team features 106 returning participants and 13 Olympic champions, including snowboarders Shaun White and Kelly Clark; alpine skiers Bode Miller, Julia Mancuso and Ted Ligety; bobsledders Steven Holcomb, Curt Tomasevicz and Justin Olsen; freestyle skier Hannah Kearney; nordic combined specialist Bill Demong; and speed skater Shani Davis, among others.

The team also includes two former Summer Olympians in bobsled push athletes Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams. Jones competed in the 100 meter hurdles event at both the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, while Williams competed in 2004, 2008 and 2012, winning the women's 100 meter silver medal in 2004 and gold in the 4 x 100 meter relay in 2012.

Despite growing concerns over security in Sochi, USOC CEO Scott Blackmun called it "a time to celebrate our athletes" and predicted that the delegation will "represent our nation with excellence and distinction on the world stage."

Opening ceremonies for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi are scheduled for Feb. 7.

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