As a child short-track speedskater Simon Cho sneaked into the U.S. with his mother (crossing the Canadian border near Vancouver) to join his father, who was working in the States but did not yet have his green card. He didn't expect to make this year's team and was planning to quit the sport after the Olympic trials. But during a 500-meter final Apolo Ohno and J.R. Celski got tangled up, allowing Cho, 18, to finish first and become the speedskating squad's youngest member.
Bobsled driver Mike Kohn is a member of the Virginia National Guard; he was considering giving up the sport when Todd Hays told his teammate to put retirement on hold because Hays had to stop driving due to a concussion. Kohn, an alternate at the Turin Games, will chase his second Olympic medal (he was on the bronze-winning four-man U.S. team in '02), at age 37. Another bobsledder, driver John Napier, is an engineer in the Army National Guard. He could be deployed to Afghanistan this spring.
Moguls skier Shannon Bahrke founded the Silver Bean Coffee Co. in Salt Lake City with her fiancé, Matt Happe. Customers can order a blend in honor of a U.S. Winter Olympic athlete; for each bag sold Bahrke will donate a dollar to that athlete and to a charity of the athlete's choosing.
• Snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler designs her own clothing line (the GB Collection) for Oakley.
• Alpine skier Erik Fisher started an online classifieds website, Skodeo.com, through which people can buy and sell used sporting goods and clothing.
• Biathlete Haley Johnson launched Snowfall Cards, a line of original, mostly snow-themed greeting cards.
• Speedskater Jordan Malone has a business making carbon fiber tips for fellow short-trackers to stick on their left-hand fingers to provide protection when they scrape the ice on turns.