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• Two speedskaters have renowned Olympic mothers: Elli Ochowicz's mom, Sheila Young-Ochowicz, won three speedskating medals, including a gold, in 1976. Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr.'s mother, also named Nancy, was on four Olympic teams from 1976 to '88 and once held the world record in the 3,000 meters.
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The first name of figure skater Mirai Nagasu, 16, means future in her immigrant parents' native Japanese.
HEIGHT OF IRONY
Johnny Spillane, who must ski jump as part of Nordic combined, has a fear of flying.
DON'T TELL SPILLANE
Luger Dan Joye got his paraglider's license when he was only 13. Ski jumper Nick Alexander plans to enroll at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Florida after the Olympics to become a pilot.
At least three U.S. bobsled pushers have links to big-time football. Jamie Moriarty played safety at Cornell, and his father, Tom, was a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Justin Olsen was a tight end on the practice squad at Air Force. And Elana Meyers's fitness coach is former NFL wide receiver Billy (White Shoes) Johnson, an ex-teammate of her father; Eddie Meyers was a Falcons running back.
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