Breaking Down the US Winter Olympic Speed Skating Team

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Breaking Down the US Winter Olympic Speed Skating Team
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With 25 talented and determined skaters now on the team, U.S. Speedskating prepares to bring a deep and formidable squad to the 2014 Winter Olympics, with an eye toward making the Sochi Games one of its best ever.

Albeit in a state of transition, both the short-track and long-oval teams are led by veteran medal winners, rising stars and possible breakthrough performers who will look to continue a long legacy of success for the U.S. that has delivered 85 medals throughout its proud Olympic history.

Much is expected of several skaters who lead the U.S. delegation to Russia, and there is great potential for a handful of others to make a name for themselves during next month’s international competition. There are also some questions begging answers that won’t come until the skating starts in Sochi.

With that backdrop, here’s a look at the U.S. speedskating team that will once again challenge the world’s best under the bright spotlight of the Winter Olympics.

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