USOC announces 230-member 2014 US Olympic team
The USOC announced Team USA's 230-member squad, the largest group ever assembled for any country in the history of the Winter Olympics.
The USOC is sending 230 athletes to the Winter Olympics in Sochi to represent the United States -- the largest delegation for any country in the history of the Winter Games.
Team USA will be made up of 125 men and 105 women, participating in in all 15 disciplines of seven sports. Also, the US will compete in up to 94 of the 98 medal events; meaning finding a rooting interest shouldn't be too tall a task.
"This is the largest team we've ever sent to an Olympic Winter Games, and I'd like to commend all of those who helped support our athletes in the pursuit of their Olympic dreams," said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun.
Of the 230-member squad, 106 are returning Olympians, 49 are previous medalists and 13 are returning gold medal winners.
Also of note, Nordic combine skier Todd Lodwick will be competing in his sixth Olympics -- an American record. Furthermore, female bobsledders Lolo Jones (two-time Olympic hurdler) and Lauryn Williams (three-time Olympic sprinter) will become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games. Jones won't be competing without controversy, I might add.
Two athletes -- longtrack speedskater Shani Davis and snowboarder Shaun White -- have a chance to become the first American man to win three consecutive gold medals in the same event at successive winter Olympics. Davis' could come in the 1000m event while White is searching for a third straight gold in the halfpipe.
A few "fun facts" courtesy of TeamUSA.org:
- Thirty-eight states will be represented, including 20 from California and 19 from both Colorado and Minnesota.
- The oldest member of the team is women's curler Ann Swishelm, 45, while the youngest is freestyle skier Maggie Voisin, 15.
- Twenty-two members of the US delegation are parents; 19 fathers and three mothers.
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