2. Hannah Kearney from Dartmouth College (mogul skiing)
Kearney, a Hanover High School alum, considers herself “half-Canadian” because her mother grew up in Montreal. On starting college in 2013: “I’m a 27-year-old freshman and returning to college after a seven-year break from high school was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.” Even harder than moguls!
4. Gracie Gold from Glenwood High School (women’s figure skating)
In 2010, a then 14-year-old Gold told the State-Journal Register in Illinois: “I would really like to be, or at least considered, for the 2014 Olympic team.” Done and done. Not only did she qualify, but she won Nationals.
5. Caitlin Cahow from Boston College (women’s ice hockey)
She’s not playing this time, but she will be representing the United States as a delegate at the closing ceremony. The White House staff called her with the honor while she was studying for an exam at law school.
10. Shani Davis from Marquette Senior High School (speed skating)
The first pair of skates Davis ever picked up? A pair of Rollerblades when he was two. At 16, he moved to Marquette, Mich., for Olympic training, and at Marquette Senior High School, he ran track his senior year.
11. Lanny Barnes from Colorado Mesa University (biathlon)
Along with her sister Tracy, this CMU alum is one half of the “Twin Biathletes.” Although Lanny was unable to compete in the Olympic trials in Italy, Tracy gave up her spot on the U.S. team so that her sis could compete in Sochi. Talk about sisterly love!
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