Do you wonder about the interesting facts associated with Olympic athletes? Do you want to know what the athletes do in their free time? Are you interested in learning where the athletes attended college?
You’ll find answers to those questions and more in the list to follow, where you’ll be introduced to each member of the 2014 U.S. Olympic figure skating team.
The team, which is made up of 15 athletes — seven men and eight women — will head to Sochi in an effort to bring home gold in their respective events. The sport of figure skating is composed of several events, including men’s and women’s individual, pairs skating, and ice dancing. There’s even a new event this year: the team competition, which allows extra skates for those selected.
The figure skating events began on February 6 with the skates for the team event. You can find a full schedule of luge events here.
West is a first-time Olympian who lives in Ridgefield, Conn. He attends National Sports Academy High School and has a luge track in his backyard.
Britcher is a first-time Olympic who lives in Glen Rock, Pa. She studied at Devry University and enjoys reading and painting in her free time.
Griffall previously competed in the 2006 Olympic Games where he finished 8th in the doubles luge event. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and is a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athletes Program. His favorite movie is Top Gun.
Mortensen is a first-time Olympian who studies at DeVry University. He lives in Huntington Station, N.Y., and comes from a family of nine. He is a member of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.
Hansen is a first-time Olympian who lives in Chula Vista, Calif. She studies at Brigham Young University. Her hobbies include surfing as well as playing the guitar and ukulele.
Terdiman is a first-time Olympic who lives in Berwick, Penn. His favorite food is homemade macaroni and cheese, and in his free time he enjoys swimming and frisbee.
Hamlin is a three-time Olympian whose highest finish came in 2006 when she placed 12. She lives in Remsen, N.Y., and her favorite athlete is Mia Hamm. She studied at DeVry University and SUNY-Empire State College. Her favorite book is Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.
Niccum previously competed at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic Games. His highest finished came at the 2010 Olympic Games when he finished sixth. He lives in Woodinville, Wash., with his wife Bobbie Jo and his daughter Hayden Lulu. He studies business administration at DeVry University.
Mazdzer previously competed at the 2010 Olympic Games where he finished 13th in the men’s singles event. He lives in Lake Saranac, N.Y., and studies at DeVry University. His favorite show is Family Guy and he likes riding his motorcycle.
Kelly is a first-time Olympian who lives in Lake Placid, N.Y. He studies at DeVry University, and his hobbies include long boarding and playing volleyball.