12 More Facts You Didn't Know About Team USA's Sochi Medalists

By Lisa Costantini | March 12, 2014, 4:01 p.m. (ET)

You already learned that Dancing with the Stars’ newest member Charlie White can play a mean violin. And that his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis can speak Russian, but do you know which Team USA Sochi Olympian carries his gold medal around in a sock? Or which bronze medalist’s uncle has a song about him on iTunes? Find out the answers to these and 10 more fun facts about Team USA athletes who recently hit the media circuit…

1. Slopestyle skiing gold medalist Joss Christensen carries his gold medal around in a sock:

2. Halfpipe skiing gold medalist Maddie Bowman is afraid of heights but still managed to cross something scary off her bucket list the summer before the Winter Games  bungee jumping — and she did it with fellow skier Simon Dumont:

3. Slopestyle skiing bronze medalist Nick Goepper’s uncle wrote a song for his famous nephew and it is now on iTunes:

4. After winning silver in Sochi, bobsledder Elana Meyers had a day named after her in her hometown city of Douglasville, Ga.:

5. Growing up, ice hockey silver medalist Alex Carpenter cried when she heard girls couldn’t play in the NHL — but she was happy to hear they could play in the Olympic Games:


6. During the Sochi Games, giant slalom gold medalist Ted Ligety went online and read everything he could find about himself — “the good, the bad and the ugly”:

7. Less than six months before the Sochi Games, bobsled silver medalist Lauryn Williams — who is the fifth athlete to medal at both the summer and winter Games — was so new to the sport she attended a rookie bobsled camp:

8. Figure skater Ashley Wagner didn’t claim her bronze medal at customs because she heard she can get taxed on it. Shh… 

9. Super-G silver medalist Andrew Weibrecht has had four surgeries on three different body parts since the Vancouver Games:

10. Bobsled bronze medalist (x2) Steven Holcomb got into a Twitter war with Jimmy Fallon after the Late Night host teased him about hot wings:

11. Bobsled bronze medalist Jamie Greubel is set to marry the competition this summer — German bobsledder Christian Poser:

12. Short track speedskating silver medalist Eddy Alvarez gave up a college baseball scholarship to give his Olympic dream one more shot:

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