U.S. bringing record 230 athletes to Sochi Games
The United States will bring 230 athletes to the Sochi Olympics, the largest delegation ever for any country at the Winter Games, beating the previous record of 216 by the U.S. at the 2010 games in Vancouver, the U.S. Olympic committee announced Monday.
The oldest member of the team is 46-year-old curler Ann Swishelm and the youngest is 15-year-old freestyle skier Maggie Voisin.
The U.S. Olympic Committee said that of the 106 returning Olympians, 49 have won medals, including 13 golds.
Among the Olympians is Todd Lodwick, who will become the first American to compete in six Winter Olympics. Billy Demong and skier Bode Miller are headed to their fifth.
“We are thrilled to announce the 230 athletes who will represent Team USA in Sochi,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “This is the largest team we have ever sent to an Olympic Winter Games, and I’d like to commend all of those who helped support our athletes in the pursuit of their Olympic dreams."Miller needs three more medals to tie short-track speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno as the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian. Snowboarder Shaun White and speedskater Shani Davis are striving to become the first American men to win gold in the same event in three straight Winter Games.