Do you wonder about the interesting facts associated with Olympic athletes? Do you want to know what the athletes do in their free time, or what their nicknames are? 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 men’s 2014 U.S. Olympic alpine skiing team.
The team, which is made up of 11 men, will head to Sochi in an effort to bring home gold in their respective events. The sport of alpine skiing is composed of several events, including downhill, giant slalom, slalom, super G and combined.
The alpine skiing events are scheduled to begin on February 9 with the men’s downhill skiing event. You can find a full 2014 Olympic schedule of alpine skiing events here.
Ganong will compete in his first Olympic Games this year. He studied at Westminster College, lives in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and like rap, hip-hop and reggae music.
Jitloff is a first-time Olympian who competes in slalom, giant slalom and super combined. His home base is in Reno, Nev., and he attended college at the University of Nevada, Reno. He’s fluent in German and spends part of his year living in Germany.
Ligety will compete on his third Olympic team in 2014. In 2006, he earned gold in men’s combined, and in 2010 he finished fifth in the same event. He also completes in slalom, giant slalom and super G. Ligety lives in Park City, Utah. He enjoys Formula One racing and playing badminton.
Nyman also is an Olympic veteran, as he’s competing on his third Olympic team. He lives in Park City, Utah and attended school at the University of Utah. He created fantasyskiracer.com. His events include downhill and super G.
Kasper compete in the 2010 Olympic Games, where he finished 24th in the slalom event. He also competes in the giant slalom event. He lives in Warren, Vt., and attended Dartmouth. He likes video editing and like to ice skate.
Sullivan is a four-time Olympian who lives in Truckee, Calif. He studied at DeVry University and competes in downhill and super G. His favorite skiing music includes Tom Petty.
A first-time Olympian, Goldberg competes in downhill. He lives in Holladay, Utah and attended Westminster College. When he’s not skiing he enjoys surfing.
Fisher was named to the 2010 Olympic team, though he did not compete because he had a broken wrist. He lives in Middleton, Idaho and competes in downhill and Super-G. His nickname is Fish.
Chodounsky is a first-time Olympian who studied engineering and geology at Dartmouth, graduating in 2008. He lives in Crested Butte, Colo., and competes in the slalom and giant slalom events. He began skiing when he was two years old.
The 2014 Olympic Games mark the fifth for Miller, who is one of the most decorated Olympians on the 2014 team. In 2002 he won silver in the giant slalom and combined events, and in 2010 he won gold in men’s combined, silver in super G, and bronze in downhill. He lives in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.
Weibrecht is a two-time Olympian who lives in Lake Placid, N.Y., and studied at Dartmouth. He competes in combined, downhill, giant slalom and super G events. His nickname is Warhorse, and his hobbies include fishing and golfing.