U.S. sending biggest Winter Olympics team to Sochi

Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:54pm EST
 
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(Reuters) - The U.S. Olympic Committee said on Monday it is sending the all-time largest athlete delegation of any nation in Winter Games history to next month's Sochi Olympics with a 230-member team spread across all 15 disciplines.

The U.S. team at the February 7-23 Sochi Games will be comprised of 105 women and 125 men, including 106 returning Olympians and 99 from the contingent that topped the overall medal count at the 2010 Vancouver Games.

Alpine skier Bode Miller is one of the more popular members of the U.S. team that also includes familiar names such as Julia Mancuso (alpine skiing), Shani Davis (speed skating) and Shaun White (snowboarding).

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick will become the first American to compete in six Winter Olympics when he looks to go one better than the silver medal he won in the men's team event at Vancouver. Lodwick is competing in all three Nordic combined events in Sochi.

Miller will contest five events - the downhill, super-G, giant slalom, slalom and super-combined - as he attempts to add to his collection of five Olympic medals.

He finally broke through to win his first gold in 2010, in the super-combined, eight years after collecting two silvers at Salt Lake City.

Miller needs three more medals to match short track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian.

One notable absentee from the team will be Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn, one of the biggest attractions in winter sport, as she recovers from knee surgery.

Converted track athletes Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams will become the ninth and 10th Americans to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games when they contest the bobsled.   Continued...

 
Appartment buildings are pictured next to the Sanki sliding center at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort in Krasnaya Polyana near Sochi, January 26, 2014. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch