New Hampshire's Bode Miller grew up near Cannon Mountain in Franconia and has grown to become one of the greatest World Cup racers of all time. Over the years, Miller's legendary riding has earned him 33 victories and five medial in the Winter Olympics. After taking a year off to recover from knee surgery, Miller will be strapping on his board as the U.S. Team heads to Sochi.
Mikaela Shiffrin specializes in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom, as a World Cup alpine ski racer with the U.S. Ski Team. It all started in 2003, when Shiffrin was eight and moved east with her family to Lyme, New Hampshire. She quickly became a standout on the Lebanon Outing Clube ski team-a sign of things to come: She's currently the reigning World Cup Champion in slalom.
Like so many snow-sport prodigies, Hanna Kearney got her start on skis not long after she took her first steps. Born in Hanover, New Hampshire, she learned to ski as a two-year-old, and by age nine had joined the freestyle program at Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire. There she met Nick Preston who became her personal coach-guiding her to greatness, as she'll go for the gold in Sochi.
Imagine training for years, only to be rushed to the ER right before the Olympic Games began. That's exactly what happened to Dylan Ferguson days before he was to complete in the 2010 Winter Olympics when his appendix ruptured. Now back with a vengeance, the New Hampshire native is at his peak health-and peak performance-ready to show off his incredibly aerial stunts in Sochi.
When you're born in North Conway, skiing may be the only way of life you know. So it makes sense that Leanne Smith would end up being a pretty great skier, with some pretty great speed. But what's a testament only to her passion and dedication, she's turned her early ears at skiing at Cranmore into one of the greatest talents out there-as one of the premier speed athletes in the world.
Born in Concord, New Hampshire, Kris Freeman is a professional cross-country skier and a member of the U.S. Ski Team, where he competes alongside his brother Justin Freeman. Just prior to competing in his first Winter Olympics, Kris was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 19. Since then he's used his stardom to campaign for diabetes awareness, advocacy and advancements, while continuing to push the limits of his sport.
Scotty Lago is from Seabrook, New Hampshire on the coast-not exactly where you'd expect someone to pick up world-class snowboard skills. But on a local tubing hill in Amesbury, Massachusetts, Largo started making headlines with his signature style and bold moves. In 2004 he became the World Quarterpipe Champion and then took home the Olympic bronze medal in 2010-setting the stage for an epic performance in the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics.
With thrilling runs that blast past more able-bodied skiers, Granite State Para Ski racer Tyler Walker started skiing in adaptive programs at Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain. As a two-time Paralympian (Torino and Vancouver) and longtime member of the U.S. Paralympic Alpine Skiing National Team, Walker will be one of the most seasoned racers as the Sochi games.
For Nick Alexander, it all started at the Lebanon Outing Club at Storrs Hill in Lebanon, New Hampshire. Despite that modest beginning, Alexander has gone on to become on the greatest ski and ski jump competitors in the nation. This year, he'll be a favorite to earn a metal at the Sochi Olympics with his astounding ski jumps.
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