Moments that stood out for Team USA in Sochi –
1. 10-time Summer medalist(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.
2. The new sport of snowboard cross was a chance for Team USA to reaffirm the sheer American-ness of this sport. Led by(above), the US men swept the podium, and brought home a women’s bronze, with two teammates right behind her in fourth and fifth places.