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Men: Anthony Benshoof | Mark Grimmette | Adam Heidt | James Ives | Brian Martin | Christopher Thorpe
Women: Ashley Hayden | Rebecca Wilczak | Courtney Zablocki
 
Anthony Benshoof
Age: 26  Height: 6'1"  Weight: 190 

Birthday: July 7, 1975
Hometown: White Bear Lake, Minn.

Olympic History:
Competing in his first Olympics.

Accomplishments:
• Seven top-ten finishes in 2000-2001 World Cup, finishing eighth in final standings.
• At 2001 World Championships, placed 13th.
• 2001 and 2000 Verizon North American Champion.
• 1995 Junior National Champion.
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Mark Grimmette
Age: 31  Height: 6'1"  Weight: 198 

Birthday: January 23, 1971
Hometown: Muskegon, Mich.

Olympic History:
Competing in third Olympics. Won bronze at 1998 Games (with Brian Martin) and finished fourth at 1994 Games (with Jon Edwards).

Accomplishments:
• Front driver with Brian Martin.
• Six top-ten finishes in 2000-2001 World Cup, finishing fourth in overall standings.
• Placed eighth at 2001 World Championships.
• Seven top-ten finishes in 1999-2000 World Cup, finishing third in overall standings.
• Third at 1999 and 2000 World Championships.
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Adam Heidt
Age: 24  Height: 5'10"  Weight: 198 

Birthday: October 11, 1977
Hometown: Northport, N.Y.

Olympic History:
Competing in his second Olympics, placing ninth at the 1998 Games.

Accomplishments:
• Finished 14th in 2000-2001 World Cup standings.
• 11th at 2001 World Championships.
• Finished fourth in 1998-1999 World Cup standings.
• 12th at 2000 World Championships.
• 1997 Junior National Champion.
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James (Clay) Ives
Age: 30  Height: 5'10"  Weight: 170 

Birthday: September 5, 1972
Hometown: Bancroft, Ont.

Olympic History:
Competing in third Olympic Games. Competing for Canada in 1998, placed eighth in doubles. At 1994 Games, placed 15th in singles.

Accomplishments:
• Back driver with Chris Thorpe.
• Ninth in overall 2000-2001 World Cup standings.
• Ninth at 2001 World Championships.
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Brian Martin
Age: 28  Height: 5'8"  Weight: 162 

Birthday: January 19, 1974
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.

Olympic History:
Competing in his second Olympics, after winning bronze at the 1998 Games.

Accomplishments:
• Back driver with Mark Grimmette.
• Six top-ten finishes in 2000-2001 World Cup, finishing fourth in overall standings.
• Placed eighth at 2001 World Championships.
• Seven top-ten finishes in 1999-2000 World Cup, finishing third in overall standings.
• Third at 1999 and 2000 World Championships.
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Christopher Thorpe
Age: 32  Height: 6'2"  Weight: 188 

Birthday: October 29, 1970
Hometown: Marquette, Mich.

Olympic History:
Competing in fourth Olympics. Competing with Gordy Sheer, won silver medal in 1998, finished fifth in 1994 and placed 12th in 1992.

Accomplishments:
• Front driver with Clay Ives.
• Ninth in overall 2000-2001 World Cup standings.
• Ninth at 2001 World Championships.
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Ashley Hayden
Age: 21  Height: 5'9"  Weight: 139 

Birthday: November 5, 1981
Hometown: Westborough, Mass.

Olympic History:
Competing in first Olympics.

Accomplishments:
• Five top-ten finishes in 2000-2001 World Cup, finishing 11th in overall standings.
• Tenth at 2001 World Championships.
• 2000 North American Champion.
• 22nd at 2000 World Championships.
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Becky Wilczak
Age: 21  Height: 5'4"  Weight: 166 

Birthday: August 5, 1980
Hometown: River Forest, Ill.

Olympic History:
Competing in first Olympics.

Accomplishments:
• Finished tenth in 2000-2001 World Cup standings.
• 11th at 2001 World Championships.
• 1999, 2001, 2001 Verizon U.S. National Champion.
• Eighth at 2000 World Championships. • 12th at 1999 World Championships.
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Courtney Zablocki
Age: 22  Height: 5'6"  Weight: 140 

Birthday: January 28, 1981
Hometown: Highlands Ranch, Colo.

Olympic History:
Competing in first Olympics.

Accomplishments:
• Finished ninth in 2000-2001 overall World Cup standings.
• Second at 2001 Junior World Championships.
• Third at 2001 Verizon U.S. National Championships.
• 12th at 2000 World Championships.
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