Sochi Winter Olympics To Feature 46 New England Athletes


Vancouver Olympics Ice HockeyThe 2014 Winter Olympics, which begin on Feb. 7 in Sochi, Russia, will showcase the skills of over 2,500 skaters, skiers, snowboarders, sledders and other world-class athletes. Forty-four of them, at one time or another, have called New England home.

Zdeno Chara, 36. Ice hockey. Trencin, Slovakia.
Currently serving as captain of the Boston Bruins, Chara has a reputation for being one of the best defensemen in the NHL. Chara represented Slovakia in the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, and he will do so again in 2014.

Tuukka Rask, 26. Ice hockey. Savonlinna, Finland.
Rask will be playing for the Finnish men’s hockey team in Sochi. The Bruins goaltender played a huge role in propelling the team to the 2013 Stanley Cup Final.

David Krejci, 27. Ice hockey. Sternberk, Czech Republic.
Krejci has consistently been a vital player for the Boston Bruins since he was drafted in 2004. He is making his second Olympic appearance. His Czech national team finished in seventh place at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Jonathan Quick, 28. Ice hockey. Hamden, Conn.
Quick led the Los Angeles Kings to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship in 2012. He played for the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 2010.

Max Pacioretty, 25. Ice hockey. New Canaan, Conn.
A left-winger for the Montreal Canadiens, Pacioretty led his team in scoring during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Patrice Bergeron, 28. Ice hockey. L’ancienne-Lorette, Quebec.
With a Stanley Cup title, and gold medals from the Winter Olympics and World Championships, Bergeron is a member of hockey’s elite Triple-Gold club.

Loui Eriksson, 28. Ice hockey. Gothenburg, Sweden.
An Olympic veteran and winger for the Boston Bruins, Eriksson will be playing for Team Sweden in Sochi. The NHL All-Star hopes to bring Sweden back to the medal stand, following its fifth-place finish in 2010.

James van Riemsdyk, 24. Ice hockey. Middletown, N.J.
Vam Riemsdyk played hockey for two years at the University of New Hampshire before he was drafted in 2007 by the Philadelphia Flyers. He currently plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs and is making his Olympic debut.

Claude Julien, 53. Ice hockey assistant coach. Blind River, Ontario.
Julien has served as head coach for the Boston Bruins for the past seven seasons, during which the team has made the playoffs every year and won the 2011 Stanley Cup. He will act as an assistant coach for Team Canada in Sochi.

Peter Laviolette, 49. Ice hockey assistant coach. Franklin, Mass.
Laviolette played for the U.S. Olympic teams in 1988 and 1994 before becoming an assistant coach for the Boston Bruins. He later served as head coach of the New York Islanders, Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Meghan Duggan, 26. Ice hockey. Danvers, Mass.
Duggan made her Olympic debut in Vancouver in 2010, where she won a silver medal. During her years playing for the University of Wisconsin hockey team, she was known as one of the top female collegiate hockey players in the U.S.

Molly Schaus, 25. Ice hockey. Natick, Mass.
Schaus will likely be the starting goalie for the women’s Olympic hockey team. She won a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games.

Alex Carpenter, 19. Ice hockey. North Reading, Mass.
Currently a sophomore on Boston College’s women’s hockey team, Carpenter already has 54 career goals at BC, as well as a 2013 World Championship title.

Michelle Picard, 20. Ice hockey. Taunton, Mass.
Picard won a gold medal at the IIHF World Championships in 2013. She also plays for the women’s hockey team at Harvard University.

Kacey Bellamy, 26. Ice Hockey. Westfield, Mass.
Sochi marks Bellamy’s second Olympic competition, having won a silver medal with the U.S. team in 2010. She is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where she played hockey for her entire collegiate career.

Julie Chu, 31. Ice hockey. Fairfield, Conn.
Prior to Sochi, Chu has competed in the Winter Olympics three times. Chu is a Harvard graduate and has a career total of 15 Olympic points.

Katey Stone, 47. Ice hockey head coach. Arlington, Mass.
Stone has held the position of head coach for Harvard’s women’s hockey team since 1993, where she has garnered 378 victories over 18 seasons. She also coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 2013 World Championships.

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Marissa Castelli, 23. Figure skating. Cranston, R.I.
Simon Shapnir, 26. Figure skating. Sudbury, Mass.
Castelli and Shapnir have been paired together since 2006. The pair won the National Figure Skating Championships in 2013 and 2014.

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Chris Mazdzer, 25. Luge. Pittsfield, Mass.
Mazdzer makes his second Olympic appearance, following his first place finish at the 2013 U.S. National Championships and a sixth place standing at the 2013 World Championships.

Tucker West, 18. Luge. Ridgefield, Conn.
Not even in college yet, West is the youngest member in the history of the U.S. Olympic luge team. He was a member of the 2013 U.S. team that won a silver medal at the Winterberg World Cup.

Associated Press photo by Shinichiro Tanaka

Julia Ford, 23. Alpine skiing. Holderness, N.H.
Ford is making her Olympic debut after being on the U.S. ski team for seven years. She holds two U.S. championship titles in downhill skiing.

Leanne Smith, 26. Alpine skiing. North Conway, N.H.
Smith finished 12th in downhill skiing in the 2013 World Championships. Sochi will be Smith’s second experience at the Winter Olympics, as she competed in Vancouver in 2010.

Bode Miller, 36. Alpine skiing. Franconia, N.H.
Sochi marks Miller’s fifth visit to the Winter Games. Since his debut in 1998, Miller has won 5 Olympic medals.

Annalisa Drew, 20. Halfpipe skiing. Andover, Mass.
Drew started skiing at just 3 years old. The young athlete competed in two 2013 Winter X games and placed in the top 10 during both.

David Chodounsky, 29. Alpine skiing. Crested Butte, Colo.
After graduating from Dartmouth College where he garnered two NCAA Championship titles, Chodounsky won the U.S. slalom championship in 2009. Chodounsky is making his Olympic debut in Sochi.

Mikaela Shiffrin, 18. Alpine skiing. Eagle-Vail, Colo.
Shiffrin moved to New Hampshire at a young age and skied competitively in Vermont. She now holds six World Cup honors, including a gold medal in slalom from the 2013 World Championships.

Julia Krass, 16. Slopestyle skiing. Hanover, N.H.
Krass beat out an Olympic teammate at the 2014 U.S. Freeskiing Grand Prix in Utah, which motivated her coach to appoint her to the Olympic team on Jan. 21.

Kris Freeman, 33, Cross-country skiing. Concord, N.H.
As a 16-time national champion and four-time Olympian, Freeman is a Type 1 diabetic.

Hannah Kearney, 27. Freestyle skiing. Norwich, Vt.
Kearney is making her third Olympic appearance in 2014. She won a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010.

Nick Fairall, 25, Ski jumping, New London, N.H.
Ski jumping since age 6, Fairall began his career at the Andover Outing Club, in Andover, N.H. He finished 23rd at the World Cup, Bad Mitterndorf, Austria, first at the FIS Cup, Eisenerz, Austria and third at the U.S. Nationals, in the fall of 2010.

Eliza Outtrim, 28. Freestyle skiing. Hamden, Conn.
With five World Cup titles, Outtrim is considered one of the most impressive skiers on the U.S. team.

Devin Logan, 20. Slopestyle skiing. West Dover, Vt.
Logan is a three-time X Game medalist, having won a bronze in 2011 and two silvers in 2012.  She also won the 2011 U.S. Championship halfpipe title.

Andy Newell, 30. Cross country skiing. Shaftsbury, Vt.
Newell placed third at the 2006 World Cup and took ninth at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

AP Photo/Julie Jacobson

Chas Guldemond, 26. Slopestyle snowboarding. Laconia, N.H.
Guldemond is in his first year as a member of the U.S. Olympic team. He’s won first place in the U.S. Grand Prix for four years in a row.

Seth Wescott, 37. Snowboard cross. Carrabassett Valley, Maine.
Wescott is the only man to ever win two Olympic snowboard cross gold medals in a row, one in 2006 and one in 2010.

Ty Walker, 16. Slopestyle snowboarding. Stowe, Vt.
Although she’s just 16 years old, Walker was ranked 10th in the 2013 World Snowboard Tour rankings. She also took first for slopestyle in the 2011 U.S. Revolution Tour.

Kelly Clark, 30. Snowboard halfpipe. Newport, R.I.
Clark will be competing in the Winter Olympics for the fourth time in 2014, having won a gold medal at her first turn in Salt Lake City in 2002. She has also won eight gold medals from various X-Games since 2002.

Lindsey Jacobellis, 28. Snowboard cross. Danbury, Conn.
Jacobellis is returning to snowboarding after a missed 2012-13 season due to a torn ACL. She has competed at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, placing third and fifth, respectively.

Hannah Teter, 27. Snowboard halfpipe. Belmont, Vt.
Teter is returning to the Winter Olympics for the third time, having won the halfpipe gold medal in 2006 and silver medal in 2010. She has medaled at four Winter X Games, including a gold medal finish in 2006.


Sean Doherty, 18. Biathlon. Center Conway, N.H.
Doherty’s Olympic debut in Sochi will make him the youngest-ever member of the U.S. biathlon team. He won a gold and two silver Junior World Championship medals in the 2012-13 season.

Susan Dunklee, 26. Biathlon. Barton, Vt.
Dunklee, who comes from a long line of Olympian skiers, narrowly missed qualifying for the 2010 Winter Games. She finished fourth in the World Cup sprint on Jan. 16, 2014.

Hannah Dreissigacker, 27. Biathlon. Morrisville, Vt.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Dreissigacker represents a familial chain of Olympians, as both of her parents rowed for the U.S. Olympic team.

Russell Currier, 26. Biathlon. Stockholm, Maine.
Known for dyeing his hair a variety of bold colors during his junior years, Currier is a medal contender with 10 World Championship competitions under his belt.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

Steve Langton, 30. Bobsled. Melrose, Mass.
A former Northeastern University athlete, Langton placed 10th in the two-man event at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Langton also won two gold medals at the World Championships in 2012.

Chuck Berkeley, 37. Bobsled. Pittsfield, Mass.
Berkeley heads to the 2014 Winter Games following a sled crash in Vancouver in 2010. Despite this setback, Berkeley won two World Cup silver medals in 2012 and a bronze medal at the 2013 Lake Placid World Cup.

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