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13 Team USA athletes to watch at the Sochi Olympics [SLIDESHOW]

Team USA for the win!

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  • 18-year-old Mikaela Shiffrin, the youngest member of the USA Alpine Skiing team, is the reigning slalom world champion and the favorite to win gold in the same event in Sochi. (Wikimedia/Unismog)
  • Lindsey Jacobellis, 28, just came off of her eighth X Games gold medal and is looking to redeem herself after being favored to win in the Vancouver games and leaving empty handed. (GettyImages/ToddKorol)
  • In his third, and thought to be last, Olympic Games Shani Davis, 31, looks to become the first three-time gold medalist in the 1,000 meter Speed Skate.(Wikimedia/Fvlamoen)
  • Kikkan Randall, 31, looks to be Team USA's best chance at a medal in Cross-Country Skiing where she is considered a contender to take gold in women's sprint free. (Wikimedia/Cephas)
  • Ski star Ted Ligety, 29, pictured here with fellow ski star Lindsey Vonn, looks to continue his success in the giant slalom and Super-G events at Sochi. (Wikimedia/NicoliMaege)
  • 23-year-old David Wise is the strong favorite in freestyle skiing after dominating this event in the  X Games three years running. (PowderMagazine/SarahBrunson)
  • Defending Olympic champion Hannah Kearney, center, looks to take gold again in Freestyle Skiing moguls against tough competition in Sochi. (Wikimedia/Tabercil)
  • After recently announcing that he would no longer compete in the slopestyle snowboarding event in Sochi, Shaun White,27, is still as exciting to watch as ever as he goes for a third straight gold medal on the halfpipe. (Wikimedia/Mahanga)
  • Heading into her fourth Olympic games, Kelly Clark, 30, is coming into Sochi on a dominant stretch and looks to continue that on the halfpipe. (GettyImages/ChrisCouncil)
  • Team USA is lead by Nate Holland, 35, in the Snowboard Cross event where he looks to make the podium after winning the event in this year's X Games. (ESPN/TrevorBrownJr)
  • Team USA's bobsled team continues to crush the competition in this event and is the expected frontrunner going into Sochi. (Wikimedia/TimHipps)
  • The women's bobsled team is also one to watch as Lolo Jones joins the squad in pursuit of her first Olympic medal. (Wikimedia/PrestonKeres)
  • American ice skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White look to top their Canadian rivals Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir in Sochi after going toe to toe with them in world championships for the past four years. (Wikimedia/Luu)