6 Homegrown Olympians You Should Know Before Sochi

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In just about a week, athletes from across the globe will descend on a small seaside resort town on the border of Georgia and Russia in order to take place in what is the 90th year of the official Winter Olympic Games; the first “International Winter Sports Week” was held in Chamonix, France, in 1924. It would later be dubbed the first Winter Olympic Games a year after it was held.

Since the United States is sending the largest winter team ever to Sochi — 230 in total — odds are, you’re not going to be able to remember all of the Olympians competing in 2014. And while some athletes like Bode Miller and Shaun White have become ubiquitous in their search for more gold medals, there are many fresh faces who haven’t received nearly as much face time in the tireless quest in the greatest competition on the face of the Earth.

There are also some notable absences, like alpine ski racer Lindsay Vonn (out due to injury) and speed skater Apolo Ohno (retired). And sadly, no one on the U.S. team is likely to touch our No. 1 choice for Olympian you should know: The Mexico ski team’s Hubertus von Hohenlohe, who NBC has — rather rightly — claimed as the most interesting Olympian in the world. While no one on team USA can lay claim to a background quite as rich as von Hohenlohe’s, this guide should help you keep your cheers aimed at the right people and your DVRs set to record the most exciting events.

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