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MEET TEAM USA
BRIAN CAZENEUVE
February 08, 2010
America's eclectic new batch of Olympians includes athletes from 36 states, a ski jumper who's afraid to fly, a mandolinist, a luger born in Venezuela, a skier who once subsisted on spinach and—sign of the times—several reality-show vets
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February 08, 2010

Meet Team Usa

America's eclectic new batch of Olympians includes athletes from 36 states, a ski jumper who's afraid to fly, a mandolinist, a luger born in Venezuela, a skier who once subsisted on spinach and—sign of the times—several reality-show vets

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Early in his career Alpine skier Steve Nyman often went through stretches of several weeks when he ate spinach at every meal.

FOOD NETWORKED

Returning snowboardcross gold medalist Seth Wescott co-owns a barbecue restaurant called The Rack near the Sugarloaf ski area in Maine.

MOST EXPERIENCED

Luger Mark Grimmette and Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick each will be competing in his fifth Games.

HOMECOMINGS

Tanith Belbin isn't the only team member who'll be returning to her birth country to compete. So will short-track speedskater Travis Jayner (born in Moncton, New Brunswick), hockey player Paul Stastny (Quebec City) and curlers Debbie McCormick (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) and Allison Pottinger (Brampton, Ont.)

UNLIKELIEST PATH

Luger Dan Joye was born in San Tomé, Venezuela, birthplace of his mother. He then lived in the Dominican Republic, where his parents were attending medical school; they moved to the U.S. when Dan was three. He took up luging at age 11, when he tried the street version of the sport in a parking lot in White Plains, N.Y.

LUCKY BREAK

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