12 hot reasons to watch the Winter Olympics

12 hot reasons to watch the Winter Olympics

SWEET SKATING: Ashley Wagner, the 21-year-old Team USA figure skater, became the "most re-watched" moment of the Sochi Games so far. Photo: Associated Press

Just some of the members of America’s 2014 Olympic team that will make you want to shout “U.S.A.!” over and over again.

Kaitlyn Farrington – Halfpipe
Kaitlyn Farrington is making her first Olympic appearance and is the first women’s rider to perform a backside 900.

Bobby Brown – Slopestyle
Bobby Brown is making his first Olympic appearance. The 22-year-old athlete won’t start skiing without first tapping his skis three times, then his helmet, and finally a piece of wood.

Erin Hamlin – Luge
Erin Hamlin competes in her third Olympic Games this year. The Ramsen, New York native has an ice cream sundae named after her.

Shaun White – Snowboarding
Shaun White is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who also plays lead guitar in his band, Bad Things.

Madison Chock – Ice Dancing
21-year-old Madison Chock is competing in her first Olympic Games and has designed the costumes for herself and parter Evan Bates.

Shani Davis – Speed Skating
A two-time Gold medalist, Shani Davis heads to his third Winter Games.

Katie Uhlaender – Skeleton
Katie Uhlaender is making her third trip the Olympics. When she’s not competing, she likes working on her family’s cattle ranch in Kansas.

Bode Miller
Bode Miller will become the first American skier to compete at five Olympic Games.

Lolo Jones – Bobsled
Lolo Jones, also a World Champion track hurdler, joined the U.S. bobsled team to compete in the Winter Games.

Steve Langton – Bobsled
Steve Langton is competing in his second Olympic Games and enjoys making YouTube videos with fellow Olympians.

Mikaela Shiffrin – Alpine Skiing
Mikaela Shiffrin, who began skiing in her driveway at 3, will make her Olympic debut.

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