Winter Olympics: 10 U.S. States Sending Most Athletes to Sochi
At 230 members, the team the United States is sending to Sochi is the largest winter delegation of any nation ever. All 15 disciplines will be represented by Team USA in 94 of the 98 medal events. The Olympians hail from all over the country, but some states are more heavily represented than others. Keep reading to find out which 10 states are sending the most athletes to Sochi in 2014, which winter sports they participate in, and other Olympics-related information.
10. Illinois: 10 athletes [tie]
Long track speedskating led the way for U.S. Winter Olympics athletes, with five of the 17 total having Illinois ties. Athletes train in centers all around the country. In all, there are 15 Olympic training sites in 13 states across the U.S., but none call Illinois home. When an athlete is training at an Olympic facility, there are dorm or suite-style accommodations available. Athletes also receive nutritional guidance, training, and can consult sports psychologists.
Ice hockey: Megan Bozek, Kendall Coyne
Figure skating: Jason Brown
Speedskating, long track: Shani Davis, Brian Hansen, Jonathan Kuck, Emery Lehman, Patrick Meek
Bobsled: Aja Evans
Curling: Ann Swisshelm