United States Heads to Sochi with Largest Delegation in Winter Olympic History

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffJanuary 28, 2014

FLACHAU, AUSTRIA - JANUARY 14: (FRANCE OUT) Mikaela Shiffrin of the USA takes 1st place during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Women's Slalom on January 14, 2014 in Flachau, Austria. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
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With 230 athletes traveling to Sochi, the United States will set a record for the largest delegation in the history of the Winter Olympics. Not surprisingly, the previous record of 216 athletes was also set by the United States, at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. 

The U.S. National Olympic Committee set another Winter Olympics record back in 2010, finishing the games with 37 medals. Just nine of those medals were gold, however, while Canada received 14 gold medals and Germany picked up 10. Still, it was the first time since 1932 that the United States topped the medal count at a Winter Olympics.

With a record-setting delegation on hand at these Olympic games, the same goal should be within reach.

There are a number of Americans with gold-medal expectations in Sochi, including men's speedskater Shani Davis, men's snowboarder Shaun White and 18-year-old women's slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin.

White and Davis are tried and true, while Shiffrin is still looking to ascend to the top of her craft at an age where many Americans are graduating from high school. If Shiffrin meets expectations, she could make Americans forget all about Lindsey Vonn, who has long been the most popular women's skier in the country. Due to persistent knee issues, Vonn will not compete in the Sochi Games.