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Team USA Highlights from Sochi

Moments that stood out for Team USA in Sochi –

Tatyana McFadden

1. 10-time Summer medalist Tatyana McFadden (above, left) won our hearts by taking silver in the women’s nordic 1km sprint (sitting) after less than a year of winter training – and by doing it in front of both her Russian birth mother and the adoptive family who brought her up. Watching her win – and her grimace as she realized she’d come within a fraction of a fraction of a second of gold – suggests she’ll be back and gunning in the next Winter Games. Her sit-ski teammate Oksana Masters earned two medals, a silver and a bronze.

Evan Strong

2. The new sport of snowboard cross was a chance for Team USA to reaffirm the sheer American-ness of this sport. Led by Evan Strong (above), the US men swept the podium, and Amy Purdy brought home a women’s bronze, with two teammates right behind her in fourth and fifth places.  

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Day One: Three Medals for Team USA

Up in the mountains at the Rosa Khutor alpine center, three Americans made it to the podium on the first day of alpine skiing. 

In the women’s standing class, Allison Jones won bronze, her first Winter medal since taking a gold in slalom in 2006.  Allison was totally upbeat after the race.  “I came here to have fun,” she said, “and I’ve had a blast.”

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“When the crowd got louder, it fueled me.”

Cyclist Allison Jones knew she wanted to get to the London Paralympics, even if she had to buy her own ticket and come as a spectator.

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WHAT MAKES A CHAMPION?

It takes years of training to be a Paralympian, with long hours and a true competitive drive. “We have no slouches,” says judo’s Myles Porter.

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"SIGN ME UP!"

Allison Jones tells the story of how she came to Paralympic cycling -- and how cool it is to hear crowds chant “USA!!” while she competes.  

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