Countdown to Sochi 2014: Meet the Athletes

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 7, 2013 12:38 pm

With just 365 days to go, the countdown to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 has officially begun. While the entire snow sports community is buzzing with excitement, nobody feels it more than the athletes who will potentially represent the United States on this global stage.

Here are but a few of our country's many olympic hopefuls and their thoughts on the upcoming Winter Games!

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Bode Miller – Alpine Skiing

Bode Miller Downhill

Bode Miller in action during the second downhill training run in Val Gardena (Gardena-Groeden)

Bode Miller Headshot 


“The venue, the mountain is world class. It’s as nice as any of the places we ever go and it’s going to be amazing to host the Olympics here. I hope they really do as good a job they can, because the Olympics is such a perfect opportunity to showcase a venue, an area, a culture and a country and I think Russia right now is very due for that.”


Stacey Cook – Alpine Skiing

Stacey Cook Downhill

Stacey Cook during the downhill portion at the 2011 FIS Alpine Ski World Championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. (Jon Margolis Photography)

Stacey Cook Headshot

“Russia is so intriguing and mysterious and it almost feels like that is another challenge added on top of an already Olympic sized challenge. It will be fun to be immersed in such a different culture and I am excited to take it on!”


Travis Ganong – Alpine Skiing

Travis Ganong Leads U.S. Ski Team from Back to Front

Travis Ganong led a back of the pack attack, starting 58th and finishing 24th, to lead five U.S. Ski Team athletes into the points in the Val Gardena super G. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Alexis Boichard)

Travis Ganong Headshot 

“Sochi is the coolest hill I've ever seen for ski racing – downhill, super G – it doesn't matter. It is just awesome top-to-bottom. It's has really steep technical sections, really cool rolls and terrain with bank turns and then big jumps and the mountains around here are gorgeous.”

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