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Go For The Gold

Go For The Gold

As part of a countdown to the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, TeamUSA.org will highlight many of the athletes who will ... Go For The Gold. This weekly series began in January 2013, and a new edition will run every week leading up to the start of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Alpine Skiing

Nolan Kasper
After 3 surgeries, world cup slalom ace Nolan Kasper is on the road to Sochi.


Ted Ligety
Ted Ligety’s goals this season are crystal and gold.


Mikaela Shiffrin
The youngest American to ever win two World Cup races, Mikaela Shiffrin will head to Sochi as a favorite in slalom.


Leanne Smith
Smith added her name to the short list of alpine skiing medal contenders in Sochi.

Marco Sullivan
14-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team aims to be a favorite at his fourth Games.

Paralympic Alpine Skiing


Alana Nichols
Paralympic alpine skier Alana Nichols will look to add to her legacy in Sochi.


Tyler Walker
“I want to be recognized not as a disabled athlete, but as an elite athlete, period.”

Biathlon

Tim Burke Tim Burke
Burke tries to become the first American biathlete to medal in the Olympic Winter Games.

Susan Dunklee
A second generation Olympian, Susan Dunklee aims at a medal in biathlon.

Bobsled

Jazmine Fenlator
If you want to understand “tough sledding” meet bobsled pilot Jazmine Fenlator and her mother.

Steven Holcomb
Holcomb eyes more gold in 4-man bobsled, and USA's first gold in 2-man since 1936.


Steve Langton
A gold medal is within reach for the bobsledder whose strength and power know no bounds.


Elana Meyers
Now in the driver’s seat, bobsledder Elana Meyers wants to win another Olympic medal.

Cross-Country Skiing

Andy Newell
For two-time Olympian Andy Newell, is three times a charm (medal) in Sochi?


Kikkan Randall
World champ, World Cup overall sprint winner. Missing title? Olympic medalist.

Ida Sargent
For Vermont cross-country skier Ida Sargent, it’s all about teamwork.
 

Curling

Erika Brown
Born into ‘First Family of Curling,’ now skip of all-star team.

Figure Skating

Meryl Davis and Charlie White

Davis and White are preparing for a gold medal 16 years in the making.


Gracie Gold

Skater learns to balance weight of golden expectations on, off ice.


Ashley Wagner
While her friends receive college diplomas, Ashley Wagner chases Olympic gold.

Freeskiing

Nick Goepper
From selling candy on the school bus to being a top Olympic medal contender.



Jen Hudak
Two world championship medals and four X Games medals, soon an Olympic medal?

John Teller
A part-time mechanic, Teller has sights set on Team USA's first ski cross medal.

Torin Yater-Wallace
Back from injury, freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace is again a medal favorite in halfpipe.

Freestyle Skiing

Patrick Deneen
The Olympic moguls skier hopes to ride a hot streak into Sochi.


Hannah Kearney
"My motivation right now? Well, I don't have two Olympic gold medals."


Heather McPhie
As she prepares for Sochi 2014, McPhie continues to push the sport and is a medal favorite.

Ice Hockey


Julie Chu
14-year veteran is shooting for the only medal to allude her: Olympic gold



Zach Parise
For the hard-working Minnesotan, playing in the clutch has become a way of life. It may pay off in gold.

Luge


Erin Hamlin
Former luge world champion and two-time Olympian Hamlin is on track for a medal in Sochi.

Chris Mazdzer
The top U.S. men's luger hopes to end the Olympic medal shutout in singles luge.
 

Nordic Combined


Billy Demong
Demong hopes to defend his Olympic gold and continue improving Team USA.

Bryan Fletcher
Best jumper on U.S. Nordic combined team, Holmenkollen winner, cancer survivor.


Taylor Fletcher
Taylor Fletcher is now one of the fastest U.S. skiers in Nordic combined – pushing gold medalist Bill Demong.



Todd Lodwick
Todd Lodwick aims to be Team USA's first six time winter Olympian.

Paralympic Nordic Skiing


Jeremy Wagner
A native Hawaiian, Wagner hopes to make waves in Sochi in Paralympic Nordic skiing.


Skeleton

Noelle Pikus-Pace
Pikus-Pace chose the "Mommy track" and now is at the peak of her career.


Katie Uhlaender
World champ skeleton racer, world-class weightlifter, cattle rancher and overall inspiration.

Sled Hockey

Taylor Lipsett
Sled hockey team captain, grad student, portfolio manager & husband. Meet Taylor Lipsett.



Rico Roman
Sled hockey player Rico Roman is training with a purpose - Sochi 2014.

Snowboarding

Jamie Anderson
Meet Jamie Anderson, snowboarding’s laid-back slopestyle dominator.


Jonathan Cheever
Fix a sump? Land a jump? Both are easy for plumber and SBX race ace Jonathan Cheever.

Kelly Clark
Already Olympic champion, Clark chases the best of herself in Sochi.

Chas Guldemond
Slopestyle snowboarder has some tricks up his sleeve for his sport's Olympic debut.

Elena Hight
With her double cork, snowboarder Elena Hight is aiming for her third Games — and a medal.

Seth Wescott
Snowboardcross athlete is trying to make history with third consecutive gold in Sochi.

Para-Snowboarding

Heidi Jo Duce
Less than three months into her career, Heidi Jo Duce is ready to book a ticket to Sochi.

Mike Shea
How the Paralympic snowboardcross hopeful changed the terrain of his life.

Speedskating

Shani Davis
Perhaps the greatest middle-distance skater, Davis is now the hunted rather than hunter.
 


Heather Richardson
Inline speedskater set three U.S. records in three days with a little more than a year to go until Sochi.