The journey to compete in any Olympics—winter or summer—is always an arduous one.
An athlete has to prove himself and demonstrate that high-level talent on a consistent basis. That takes long hours of practice and regular refinement of the technique.
But sometimes, that's not enough. An athlete who has been injured may have to spend weeks or months in rehab before she can get back to her sport.
There are other issues besides injuries, as well. In this piece, we look at 10 American athletes who have endured difficult obstacles on their way to Sochi.