Winter Olympics 2014: Rising American Stars to Follow in Sochi

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Winter Olympics 2014: Rising American Stars to Follow in Sochi
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Each time the Olympics come around, it seems as though America always has a handful of young men and women ready to steal the spotlight. This time, the headliners are largely skiers and snowboarders, although there are some impressive acts on the ice. 

This year, in Sochi, the 2014 Winter Olympics will be especially intriguing as there will be several new events, and those new events could be where America shines brightest. The States have a very strong, young group of competitors ready to steal the spotlight. 

 

David Wise, Freestyle Skiing (Half-Pipe)

Although he's just 23 years old, David Wise is considered a veteran among his fellow skiers. Sochi will mark the very first Olympic freestyle skiing half-pipe event, and Wise is favored over most competitors—as he should be.

He's had a rather decorated career to this point, and his experience will be of great help to him.

He's also very active on social media and recently posted, in my opinion, one of the greatest selfies of all time on his Instagram.

Don't be surprised to see Wise's name plastered all over television once the games begin.

 

Jamie Anderson, Snowboarding (Slopestyle)

Jamie Anderson is already a well-known commodity among her fellow slopestylers, but the Olympics will be her biggest coming-out party to date.

This will be the first time slopestyle will be incorporated into the Winter Games, and Anderson is an early favorite for the gold in Sochi.

Anderson has compiled a long list of achievements throughout her career, but her four golds from the X Games are clearly the most impressive.

As you can see in her interviews, her attitude as a free spirit is quite charming and will undoubtedly make her a fan favorite before long.

 

Maddie Bowman, Freestyle Skiing (Half-Pipe)

Maddie Bowman burst onto the women's freestyle skiing scene in 2012 and hasince won three medals at the X Games.

Bowman also placed first in both the Park City and Copper Mountain Grand Prix. Her first X Games gold came just this past year, an honor she then followed up by winning her first AFP half-pipe title.

Bowman has a ton of momentum as we ready ourselves for Sochi, and the rising 20-year-old will be one of the first to usher in this new era of half-pipe skiers. 

 

Jason Brown, Figure Skating

At just 19 years of age, Jason Brown is one of the most well-received skaters of this year's crop. Although he placed second at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships last month, he has gained a strong following of skating fans who adore him no matter where he places.

He has a clear connection with the crowd in each of his routines, and his passion shines through whenever he touches the ice. While he is facing some stiff competition and may not even place, Brown could begin a very strong Olympic career with a good showing in Sochi.

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