Favorite athletes from Team USA gave it their all at the 2o14 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

By Kimmy Sullivan, ’15

Shaun White

Since he strapped on his first snowboard at the age of six, Shaun White has been taking the world by storm– and refusing to slow down. “The Flying Tomato” (an endearing nickname inspired by his fiery locks) is a professional in both snowboarding and skateboarding, practicing and competing each sport in its respective season. His incredible talent has earned him multiple trophy shelves’ worth of awards, including 14 X Games gold medals (summer and winter combined) and two Winter Olympics gold medals. In Sochi, White finished two points behind Taku Hiraoka of Japan to take fourth place on men’s halfpipe. Ayumu Hirano of Japan took the silver medal, and Switzerland’s Iouri Podladtchikov took the gold.

Patrick Kane

Despite his past of partying, Patrick Kane is a hard-working, focused player and one of the stars of the Chicago Blackhawks ice hockey team. He has helped his team win two Stanley cups and won various other awards ranging from Rookie of the Year to an Olympic Silver Medal. This year he has once again made the U.S. Olympic Hockey team and is predicted to be a standout player. Kane looks to come home from Sochi with gold.

“I was fortunate to [be in the Olympics] in 2010. It was great to be there, a great experience to play at that level of competition,” Kane said in a CSN Chicago article.

At the Sochi Olympics, the US men’s hockey team advanced in the preliminary rounds to play Finland in the bronze final; the final score of the game was 0:5, with Finland taking the bronze. Canada and Sweden played in the gold final, with Sweden taking silver and Canada winning to take home the gold.

Gracie Gold

Ice skater Gracie Gold first experienced the sport she would later champion at the age of two when she and her twin sister Carly, skated on nearby frozen marshes. This year Gold will be competing in her first Olympic games, at age 18. She earned a Gold medal at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, a Bronze medal at 2013 Skate Canada, a Silver medal at 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and many other top prizes. Gold aims for Gold in Sochi and is honored and excited to attend.

“I’m so excited to be going to Sochi representing the United States,” Gold said on the Team USA website. “The Olympics aren’t just another competition, it’s the ultimate dream. It’s a life experience that I’ll never forget and I’m so excited to be going.”

Gold finished in fourth place overall, behind Carolina Kostner of Italy, Yuna Kim of South Korea, and Adelina Sotnikova of Russia, who took home the gold medal.