2014 Olympics in Sochi

2014 Olympics in Sochi

This year the United States will send the largest group of athletes for any nation in the history of the Winter Games. They will send 230 athletes to Sochi, Russia when the Games begin on Feb. 7.

Team USA features 105 women and 125 men, and 106 returning Olympians, 13 of whom are Olympic champions.

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick will become the first American to compete at six Winter Games. Two other Olympians are headed to their fifth Olympics, Billy Demong (Nordic combined) and Bode Miller (alpine skiing). Miller, a five-time Olympic medalist, needs three medals to match speed skater, Apolo Anton Ohno as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.

At the 2010 Vancouver Games, the U.S. won a whopping 37 medals. It was the first time the Americans won the overall medal count in the Winter Games since 1932 in Lake Placid.

It may be difficult for the U.S. to match its record medal haul since Russia won’t offer the same comforts of home, in language along with culture, as Vancouver did four years ago. The U.S. will be without a few stars from that 2010 team, including injured skier Lindsey Vonn, who won two medals in Vancouver, and Ohno, who retired from competition.

Still there are plenty of stars returning back to the Olympics back for more medals, headliners such as Shaun White, Shani Davis, Julia Mancuso, Kelly Clark and Ted Ligety and newcomers Mikaela Shiffrin and Sarah Hendrickson.

White is expected to medal in snowboard slope style, which is a new event added to this year’s Olympics for Sochi. Team USA is also expected to medal in several other sports making their Olympic debut. The Olympics begin Feb. 7 and go on until Feb. 20. Most of the action can be seen on NBC be sure to tune in and root Team USA to victory.