One Day Out: One Team USA
Team USA, with 230 members, will be the largest athlete delegation for any nation in Olympic Winter Games history with 125 men and 105 women for any nation as announced on Jan. 27 who has earned five Olympic medals in his previous four trips to the Winter Games.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic Team features 106 returning Olympians — including one five-time Olympian, two four-time Olympians, 10 three-time Olympians and 23 two-time Olympians. Returning from the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, where the U.S. finished first in the overall medal count with 37 medals, are 99 U.S. Olympians. Overall, among the veterans are 49 Olympic medalists, 13 of whom are Olympic champions.
“This is the largest team we have 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,” United States Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun said when the team was announced on Jan. 27. “Most of all, this is a time to celebrate our athletes, who have made countless sacrifices and dedicated themselves to being their best, both on and off the ice and snow. I am very excited to watch them compete as they represent our nation with excellence and distinction on the world stage.”
Thirty-eight states are represented on the team, with California leading the way with 20 athletes. Colorado and Minnesota each boast 19 athletes.
The oldest member of Team USA is curler Ann Swisshelm, at 45, while the youngest U.S. athlete is freestyle skier Maggie Voisin at 15.
The most decorated member of Team USA is skier Bode Miller who has earned five Olympic medals in his previous four trips to the Winter Games.
“This distinguished group of athletes represents the largest delegation in the history of the Olympic Winter Games, which is a true testament to the growing number of winter sport opportunities across the United States,” said Alan Ashley, U.S. chef de mission and USOC chief of sport performance. “With 106 returning Olympians, this year’s team is an exceptional blend of youth and experience, and represents the finest our nation has to offer. During the Games, we will continue to support our athletes, coaches and National Governing Bodies in every way possible to succeed.”
Amy Rosewater is a freelance writer and editor for TeamUSA.org. A former sports reporter for The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, she has covered two Olympic Games and two Olympic Winter Games. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.
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