SOCHI 2014

Mar 11 TeamUSA.org rolls out extensive roster of Olympic and Paralympic bloggers

By U.S. Olympic Committee | March 11, 2013, 10:15 a.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – With less than a year before the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the personal journeys of U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team hopefuls are more accessible than ever before as part of the Road to Sochi on TeamUSA.org. Headlining the increased accessibility is an extensive roster of Team USA bloggers – 26 athletes representing all seven Olympic and three Paralympic winter sports – who will actively share their personal experiences as they strive to represent Team USA at the 2014 Games.

“Having Team USA athletes provide first-hand accounts of their journey to the Sochi Games has added yet another dimension to the already well-rounded TeamUSA.org platform,” said John Pierce, United States Olympic Committee managing director of marketing services. “We are incredibly appreciative of the level of support we’ve received from participating athletes who are helping to paint a true 360-degree picture of the Olympic and Paralympic experience for fans of all ages and backgrounds."

Team USA's Sochi 2014 blogging roster includes a mix of athletes from across the United States with varying levels of Olympic and Paralympic experience and also unique personal backgrounds. Content will focus primarily on the athlete's personal experiences within and around sport, but also share expert advice on living a well-balanced and healthy lifestyle. Most importantly, these posts will give athletes the opportunity to tell their stories to the U.S. public in advance of the Games.

"What Meryl and I strive to do when writing for TeamUSA.org is give a behind-the-scenes and personalized look into our lives as we prepare for Sochi," said Charlie White, a 2010 Olympic silver medalist in ice dance, and partner of Meryl Davis. "And, as much fun as we've had writing, it's been just as much fun for us to read about the journeys of athletes from other sports."

Selected for a variety of reasons, including their athletic accomplishment and promise, level of social engagement, and personality traits, the following athletes will each contribute at least 12 blog posts from now through the Sochi 2014 Games. Blog posts and additional information on these athletes can be accessed at TeamUSA.org/winterblogs.

ATHLETE SPORT OLYMPIC/PARALYMPIC EXPERIENCE HOMETOWN
Gretchen Bleiler Snowboarding (halfpipe) 2006, 2010 Olympian; 2006 silver Aspen, Colo.
Tim Burke Biathlon 2006, 2010 Olympian Paul Smiths, N.Y.
Ashley Caldwell Freestyle skiing (aerials) 2010 Olympian Ashburn, Va.
Julie Chu Ice hockey Three-time Olympian; 2002, 2010 silver; 2006 bronze
Fairfield, Conn.
Julia Clukey Luge 2010 Olympian Augusta, Maine
John Coughlin Figure skating (pairs) -- Kansas City, Mo.
Meryl Davis Figure skating (ice dance)
2010 Olympic silver medalist West Bloomfield, Mich.
Shani Davis Speedskating (long track)
2002, 2006, 2010 Olympian; 2010 gold and silver; 2006 gold and silver
Chicago, Ill.
Billy Demong Nordic combined 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympian; 2010 gold and silver Vermontville, N.Y.
Jazmine Fenlator Bobsled -- Wayne, N.J.
Chas Guldemond Snowboarding (slopestyle) -- Reno, Nev.
Sarah Hendrickson Ski jumping -- Park City, Utah
Steven Holcomb Bobsled 2006, 2010 Olympian; 2010 gold Park City, Utah
Steve Langton Bobsled 2010 Olympian Melrose, Mass.
Taylor Lipsett Sled hockey 2006, 2010 Paralympian; 2010 gold; 2006 bronze Mesquite, Texas
Devin Logan Freeskiing (halfpipe, slopestyle)
-- West Dover, Vt.
Jon Lujan Paralympic alpine skiing
-- Basalt, Colo.
Amy Purdy Paralympic snowboarding -- Las Vegas, Nev.
Kikkan Randall Cross country skiing 2002, 2006, 2010 Olympian Anchorage, Alaska
Bree Schaaf Bobsled 2010 Olympian Bremerton, Wash.
Jessica Schultz Curling 2006 Olympian Richfield, Minn.
Marco Sullivan Alpine skiing 2002, 2010 Olympian Squaw Valley, Calif.
Katie Uhlaender Skeleton 2006, 2010 Olympian Breckenridge, Colo.
Danelle Umstead Paralympic alpine skiing  2010 Paralympian, two bronze medals
 Taos, N.M.
Johnny Weir Figure skating 2006, 2010 Olympian Lyndhurst, N.J.
Charlie White Figure skating (ice dance)
2010 Olympic silver medalist Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
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