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12 hot reasons to watch the Winter Olympics

12 hot reasons to watch the Winter Olympics

SWEET SKATING: Ashley Wagner, the 21-year-old Team USA figure skater, became the "most re-watched" moment of the Sochi Games so far. Photo: Associated Press

Just some of the members of America’s 2014 Olympic team that will make you want to shout “U.S.A.!” over and over again.

Kaitlyn Farrington – Halfpipe
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Kaitlyn Farrington is making her first Olympic appearance and is the first women’s rider to perform a backside 900.


Bobby Brown – Slopestyle
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Bobby Brown is making his first Olympic appearance. The 22-year-old athlete won’t start skiing without first tapping his skis three times, then his helmet, and finally a piece of wood.


Erin Hamlin – Luge
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Erin Hamlin competes in her third Olympic Games this year. The Ramsen, New York native has an ice cream sundae named after her.


Shaun White – Snowboarding
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Shaun White is a two-time Olympic gold medalist who also plays lead guitar in his band, Bad Things.


Madison Chock – Ice Dancing
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21-year-old Madison Chock is competing in her first Olympic Games and has designed the costumes for herself and parter Evan Bates.


Shani Davis – Speed Skating
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A two-time Gold medalist, Shani Davis heads to his third Winter Games.


Katie Uhlaender – Skeleton
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Katie Uhlaender is making her third trip the Olympics. When she’s not competing, she likes working on her family’s cattle ranch in Kansas.


Bode Miller
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Bode Miller will become the first American skier to compete at five Olympic Games.


Lolo Jones – Bobsled
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Lolo Jones, also a World Champion track hurdler, joined the U.S. bobsled team to compete in the Winter Games.


Steve Langton – Bobsled
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Steve Langton is competing in his second Olympic Games and enjoys making YouTube videos with fellow Olympians.


Mikaela Shiffrin – Alpine Skiing
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Mikaela Shiffrin, who began skiing in her driveway at 3, will make her Olympic debut.

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An Indian school boy eats a midday meal provided free at a government school in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. India has offered free midday school meals since the 1960s in an effort to persuade poor parents to send their children to school, a program that reaches some 120 million children. The country now plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.

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