20 Best Non-American Olympians Every American Should Know

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20 Best Non-American Olympians Every American Should Know
Slovenia's Tina Maze is one of many non-American Olympic stars descending on Sochi.

The Olympic stars will be out in Sochi, and many of them will be from countries not named the United States.

Of the 2,500 athletes from 88 countries descending upon Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Games, 2,270 will be non-Americans displaying their skill, diversity and experience.

From a teenage Japanese figure skating champ to a 40-year-old Italian luger nicknamed “The Cannibal,” a multitude of multi-champion, multi-medal, multi-talented skiers, skaters, snowboarders, biathletes and others will strut their stuff in the Russian winter wonderland.

Last time around in Vancouver, the United States won the most medals, but both Germany and Canada won more golds. And did you know that Norway has won more medals in the Winter Olympics than any other country? It figures based on its location.

The Winter Olympics brings together the greatest collection of international athletes every four years and a chance for Americans to view the wonderful array of talent beyond U.S. borders.

Here are 20 of the best non-Americans athletes who will be looking to achieve Olympic glory.

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