Snowboarder Nick Baumgartner was a state championship wrestler in Michigan. Luger Megan Sweeney holds a black belt in karate.
Nate Roberts, the 2005 world champion in moguls, is a zero handicap and wants to be a golf pro someday.
RYAN ST. ONGE started young—long before 1997, when he made the national team at age 14. (At the time he was the youngest person ever to make the U.S. ski team.) St. Onge's parents, both ski instructors, had him on the slopes before his second birthday. Now 27, St. Onge is headed to his second Olympics; he finished 16th in the aerials at the Turin Games and goes to Vancouver as the reigning world champion. St. Onge won't stop flying after the closing ceremonies. During a trip to New Zealand a few years ago he took a ride on a stunt plane, and the experience inspired him to take flight: He's now a certified pilot.
The Vancouver Games will be a homecoming of sorts for TANITH BELBIN. The Kingston, Ont., native was raised in Quebec, but in 1998 she moved to Detroit in search of an ice dancing partner. She met BEN AGOSTO in Motown that year, and they've made sweet music on the ice ever since. Belbin and Agosto are four-time U.S. champions (they finished second to fellow medal hopefuls Meryl Davis and Charlie White at nationals last month), and they took silver at the 2006 Olympics—the first U.S. ice dancing medal since 1976. (Belbin became a U.S. citizen in 2005.) Agosto, who is Chicago born and bred, plays guitar and piano and wants to be in a blues band. But in Vancouver the song he and Belbin most want to hear is their national anthem.
In 2002 BILL DEMONG cracked his head on the bottom of a pool, suffering a fractured skull and short-term memory loss. He recovered, but at last year's worlds Demong's relay team was DQ'd because he forgot to wear his bib. He put the gaffe behind him and won individual gold. Can Demong, 29, win the U.S.'s first Olympic medal in his sport (ski jumping plus cross-country)? That would be something to remember.