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11 Athletes You'll Remember From the 2014 Winter Olympics!

Julia Lipnitskaia
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Jan. 28 2015, Updated 2:08 p.m. ET

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Before you turn on the Winter Olympics, you’re going to need to know a few things—like maybe, which athletes are bound to go down in Olympic history! Here’s your guide to 11 of the many stars that will always be remembered from the Sochi Games.

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Heidi Kloser - Freestyle Skiing

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Heidi Kloser - Freestyle Skiing

Team USA freestyle skier was set to race in a qualifying race for freestyle skiing, but crashed in her training run and tore her ACL. Although she won't be performing in the actual Sochi Games, she still joined her teammates in the opening ceremonies clad in her patriotic in uniform.

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Sven Kramer - Speed Skating

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Sven Kramer - Speed Skating

The Netherlands' Sven Kramer was more than enthusiastic when he won his gold in the men's 5000m speed skating event. His win has helped the Netherlands pull ahead to first place in the metals race.

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Marit Bjorgen - Skiing

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Marit Bjorgen - Cross-Country Skiing

On the first day of the Olympics, Norway's Marit Bjorgen had reason to be one very happy lady. She won the gold in the women's skiathon. Currently, Norway is in second place in the metal's race. Will they pull ahead?

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Julia Lipnitskaia -Figure Skating

Julia Lipnitskaia
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Julia Lipnitskaia - Figure Skating

You should know this girl. She's one of the Russian figure skaters who's flawless performance helped snag the Team Figure skating gold. Julia Lipnitskaia took to the ice to the music of Schindler's List, catching the attention of Olympic greats such as Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan in a red and grey sequined outfit. Her age? She's only 15! The events aren't over, so be on watch for her performances!

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Mikaela Shiffrin - Alpine Skiing

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Mikaela Shiffrin - Alpine Skiing

“I love being able to push myself to new limits. The only way you can really have a blast doing something is if you do it with some kind of level of knowledge about it, “ voiced Mikaela in a P&G Olympian roundup video.

Back in 2012, you had young Gabby Douglas to watch out for. 2014? It’s all about Mikaela Shiffrin. The 18-year-old (who is already a World Champion) is one of the favorites to win a metal during the Alpine Skiing events.

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Shaun White - Snowboarding

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Shaun White - Snowboarding

Yeah, you know this guy! Snowboarder extraordinaire. You might have also heard that he dropped out of the slopestyle event. Don’t worry! He’ll still be competing in the halfpipe—an event he has already won gold in twice.

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Polina Edmunds - Figure Skating

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Polina Edmunds - Figure Skating

At only 15, figure skater Polina Edmuds, who is being coached by the world-renowned Frank Carroll, is headed to her first Olympic Games. Based on placement at the USA Championships, she’s behind her teammate Gracie Golds, but don’t discount her talent! In an interview conducted by the San Jose Mercury News, when speaking of Polina, Olympian Kerri Walsh-Jennings said, “She's a little girl but she's obviously a warrior.” Is that enough reason for you?

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Zach Parise - Hockey

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Zach Parise - Hockey

29-year-old Zach Praise is the team captain for the U.S Hockey Team in Sochi and was a valuable player during the Vancouver Games. You might remember him in that crazy game back in 2012 where the U.S came in second. But it won’t just be his talent that will keep your eyes on him. Can you say cutie?! Also look out for his teammate, Patrick Kane, who plays for the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.

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Lolo Jones - Bobsledding

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Lolo Jones - Bobsledding

Yes, Lolo Jones was a runner in the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, but for this standout athlete, 2014 is all about the bobsled. The athlete told Women’s Health, “It’s definitely one of the harder things I’ve ever done.” But if she made the Olympic team, she’s got to be pretty darn good!

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Matt Antoine - Skeleton

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Matt Antoine - Skeleton

According to NBC, Matt Antoine has wne three World Cup metals this winter—and 2014 is his first time to the Olympic Games. He’ll be taking part in the Skeleton events. What's Skeleton, you ask? Watch and find out!

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Kikkan Randall - Cross-country Skiing

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Kikkan Randall - Cross-Country Skiing

Wanna know why you should watch out for this lady? Kikkan Randall was the first American women to ever win a World Cup metal in cross-country skiing! Apparently, not one American woman has yet to snag the gold at the Olympics, but hopefully she’ll change that soon.

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