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ALPINE SKIING

Jimmy Cochran
 Events: Combined, slalom, giant slalom.
 Age: 25
 New England connection: Born in Burlington, Vt.; lives in Keene, N.H.
 Notable: His grandfather was the US coach in 1974 and his father, Bob, and three aunts are former Olympic skiers ..... Finished second in a Europa Cup slalom in Alta Badia, Italy, just before Christmas ..... Has had success in US races but still gaining international experience ..... Is on leave from University of Vermont, where he won eight races in 2003 ..... Took slalom silver and giant slalom bronze at 2003 NCAAs ..... Started skiing at age 3 and racing at age 7 at Cochran's Ski Area in Richmond, Vt., which was founded by his grandparents ..... Younger sister, Amy, also races for UVM.

Chip Knight
 Events: Combined, slalom, giant slalom.
 Age: 31.
 New England connection: Born in Stamford, Conn.; lives in Stowe, Vt.
 Notable: Making his third Olympic appearance ..... Was 11th in slalom in Salt Lake but didn't finish first run in Nagano ..... Began skiing at age 4 and racing at age 7 ..... Won slalom at 1993 Junior World Championships ..... He will be a sophomore history major at Williams College when he returns to school ..... Most of his success has come on the Nor Am circuit, where he has won two overall slalom titles.

Bode Miller
 Events: Downhill, combined, Super G, slalom, giant slalom.
 Age: 28.
 New England connection: Born in Easton, N.H.; lives in Bretton Woods, N.H.
 Notable: Won 2005 World Cup overall title and super-G title ..... Olympic silver medalist in 2002 in giant slalom and combined ..... Has 19 career World Cup titles ..... Grew up near Cannon Mountain and was skiing by age 3 ..... Joined Carrabassett Valley Academy at age 13 ..... He was born at home in the White Mountains and home-schooled through the fourth grade in a ''hippie cabin'' with no electricity or running water ..... Had competed in every World Cup race for just over three seasons before taking time off to rest before Turin.

Kirsten Clark
 Events: Downhill, Super G, giant slalom.
 Age: 28.
 New England connection: Born in Portland, Maine; lives in Raymond, Maine.
 Notable: Got her start at Sugarloaf, where she started skiing at age 3 and racing at age 7 ..... Enrolled at Carrabassett Valley Academy and was Junior Olympic downhill champion in 1994 ..... Only skier to win four straight US downhill titles (1998-2001) ..... Made World Cup podiums in downhill and giant slalom in 2004 ..... Season-ending crash in January 2004 in Haus, Austria, left her with torn left ACL, strained right MCL, and broken radius and ulna in her right wrist ..... Was 10th in super-G in 2005 Worlds ..... This is her third Olympics; best finish was 12th in downhill in Salt Lake City.

BIATHLON

Tim Burke
 Events: 20 km individual, 10 km sprint, relay.
 Age: 24.
 New England connection: Trains at Maine Winter Sports Complex in Fort Kent.
 Notable: Had his best World Cup finish (33d) this season in 20-kilometer ..... A three-time US senior champion by 2002 ..... He made his World Cup debut in 2002, finishing 82d in a driving snowstorm ..... He competed with a viral infection in the 2004 World Championships and was 26th ..... Grew up in Lake Placid, NY.

Jeremy Teela
 Events: 20 km individual, 10 km sprint, relay.
 Age: 29.
 New England connection: Lives in Jericho, Vt.
 Notable: Ranked second in US in 2004 and 2005 ..... His 14th-place finish in 20-kilometer at Salt Lake was second-best by a US athlete in biathlon; he almost didn't compete in the event and considered resting for the sprint event later in the Games ..... Swam and skied cross-country in high school in Alaska, where he grew up ..... Wife Denise is the fifth-ranked women's biathlete in US, but she didn't make Olympic team.

Brian Olsen
 Events: 20 km individual, 10 km sprint, relay.
 Age: 22.
 New England connection: Student at University of Vermont; trains in Fort Kent, Maine.
 Notable: Started competing in biathlon in 1999 ..... Best international finish was fifth in 2005 at a Europa Cup event ..... Was a member of three Junior World teams ..... Ranked fifth in the US the past two years ..... Taking time off from school to train ..... Maintains an independent web blog at frozenbullet.com.

Lanny Barnes
 Events: 15 km individual, 7.5 km sprint, relay.
 Age: 23.
 New England connection: Attends University of Maine at Fort Kent and trains there.
 Notable: Twin sister of teammate Tracy Barnes ..... Earned bronze in the 2002 Junior World Championships ..... Best World Cup finish was 39th last year in Italy ..... Competed at San Sicario Olympic venue and likes it because of the altitude ..... Considered stronger in skiing than shooting ..... Originally from Durango, Colo.

Tracy Barnes
 Events:15 km individual, 7.5 km sprint, relay.
 Age: 23.
 New England connection: Attends University of Maine at Fort Kent and trains there.
 Notable: Twin sister of teammate Lanny Barnes ..... Considered one of the fastest shots on circuit, often taking her five targets in 20 seconds ..... Spent much of the 2004 winter traveling through Europe in an RV with Lanny to compete in events ..... Had a top-10 finish in 2002 Junior World Championships and won silver in the relay ..... Best World Cup finish was a 25th in pursuit.

Carolyn Treacy
 Events: 15 km individual, 7.5 km sprint, relay.
 Age: 23.
 New England connection: Attends Dartmouth College.
 Notable: Has competed on a limited basis for past two seasons while concentrating on classes ..... Will graduate in June with a degree in sociology and a minor in biology ..... Was sixth in 2004 US cross-country nationals ..... Known as a steady shooter ..... Silver medalist in 2002 Youth and Junior Biathlon World Championships ..... Had three fourth-place finishes in Europa Cup tour in 2002.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Justin Freeman
 Events: 30 km pursuit, team sprint, 15 km classical, individual sprint, relay, 50 km free, mass start.
 Age: 29.
 New England connection: Grew up in Andover, N.H.; attended Bates College.
 Notable: Began racing full time after getting his master's in physics in 2000 from the University of Colorado ..... Made the US team in 2003 and won two Nor Am circuit races his first season ..... Best World Cup finish this season is 43d in a pursuit event in Canada ..... Taught at Sant Bani High School and Parker Academy in New Hampshire ..... Was a Division 3 All-America runner at Bates.

Kris Freeman
 Events: 30 km pursuit, team sprint, 15 km classical, individual sprint, relay, 50 km free, mass start.
 Age: 25.
 New England connection: Grew up in Andover, N.H.; attended University of Vermont.
 Notable: Has posted the best results by a US skiier in international competition since the Bill Koch era ..... Had fifth- and sixth-place finishes in 2004 World Cup races ..... His best finish this season is 18th in a 15k event at Mount Cranmore ..... Was fourth in 2003 World Championships in 15k ..... Was on US relay team that finished fifth in Salt Lake City ..... Began skiing at age 2, and switched to Nordic combined as a teenager before focusing on cross-country ..... Diagnosed with diabetes in 2000 during a routine checkup and takes six insulin injections a day ..... Named winner of 2004 LifeScan Prize for Athletic Achievement.

Andrew Johnson
 Events:30 km pursuit, team sprint, 15 km classical, relay, 50 km free, mass start.
 Age: 28.
 New England connection: Attended Middlebury College and lives in Greensboro, Vt.
 Notable: Started skiing at age 7 after family moved from Washington ..... Joined the Bill Koch League in Newport, Vt. ..... Raced at Middlebury before joining US Ski Team's residential program in Park City, Utah ..... Won two US titles in 2005 and was 22d in first Olympic race at Salt Lake City ..... Has been in top 50 in all of his World Cup races the past two seasons ..... Longtime Red Sox fan.

Andy Newell
 Events: 30 km pursuit, team sprint, 15 km classical, relay, 50 km free, mass start.
 Age: 22
 New England connection: Born in Bennington, Vt., and lives in Shaftsbury, Vt.
 Notable: Was ranked as top sprinter in the world as a junior ..... Fourth in a World Cup sprint race in January ..... Was 12th in sprint at 2005 World Championships ..... Started skiing at age 3 ..... His personal motto is, ''I'm from Vermont. I do what I want.'' ..... He can ski a snowboard halfpipe using his cross-country skis ..... Has his own company, XSki Films, which makes films about the diversity of cross-country skiing.

FREESTYLE SKIING

Emily Cook
 Events: Aerials.
 Age: 26.
 New England connection: Lives in Belmont.
 Notable: Sidelined for the 2002 Olympics and missed two seasons after she tore ligaments in both feet and fractured bones in her left foot after a hard landing during training just three weeks before the Salt Lake City Games ..... Returned to action in 2005 after an intense camp in San Diego with the Navy Seals ..... Had four top 10s on World Cup circuit in first season back and was seventh at World Championships ..... Has six top 10s this season ..... Joined the Carrabassett Valley Academy at age 14 ..... Began to concentrate on freestyle at age 17 ..... Commutes between Belmont and Park City, Utah, for training ..... Favorite saying: ''Without fear there is no such thing as courage.''

Hannah Kearney
 Events: Moguls.
 Age: 19.
 New England connection: Born in Hanover, N.H.; lives in Norwich, Vt.
 Notable: 2005 moguls world champion ..... Has first and second-place finishes in World Cup races this season ..... Went from high school state titles in soccer and track to four junior world titles in moguls ..... Spent early part of 2005 season adding backflips to her routine ..... Started skiing at age 2 ..... Signed up for an after-school program at Dartmouth Skiway and learned freestyle skiing.

Ryan St. Onge
 Events: Aerials.
 Age: 23.
 New England connection: Born in Hartford.
 Notable: Has two wins on World Cup circuit this season ..... Injured his left medial collateral ligament during training in 2004 season ..... Learned to ski at age 2 ..... Father is a freestyle skiing official ..... He and older brother Chad earned medals at 1997 Junior World Championships.

MEN'S HOCKEY

Rick DiPietro
 Age: 24.
 New England connection: Born in Winthrop; played at Saint Sebastian's and Boston University.
 Notable:Was 2-2-0 with a 1.62 goals-against average in 2005 world championships ..... Had a 5-1-0 record with 1.33 GAA at 2001 world junior championships ..... Named most outstanding goaltender at 1999 world junior championships Hockey East Rookie of the Year at BU after 1999-2000 season, when he was 18-5-5 ..... First goaltender and only fourth US-born player to be taken first overall in NHL entry draft (Islanders, 2000).

Chris Drury
 Age: 29.
 New England connection: Born in Trumbull, Conn.; played at Boston University.
 Notable: Played in all six games in Salt Lake City as US won the silver ..... On Team USA for 2004 World Cup ..... Had 6 points in 2004 world championships ..... In second season with Buffalo Sabres ..... Helped Colorado to 2001 Stanley Cup with 11 goals and five assists in 23 playoff games ..... Won Calder Trophy as NHL's rookie of the year in 1999 ..... Finished as BU's all-time leader in goals (113) and third in points (214) ..... Won 1998 Hobey Baker Award as outstanding college player ..... Won 1989 Little League World Series title playing for Trumbull ..... Brother Ted was on 1992 and 1994 US Olympic hockey teams.

Brian Gionta
 Age: 26.
 New England connection: Played at Boston College.
 Notable: Had two goals and seven assists with US team in 2005 world championships ..... Leading scorer at 1999 world junior championships ..... Won Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003 ..... An All-America selection in all four seasons at BC ..... Helped BC win 2000-01 national championship ..... Three-time Hockey East player of the year ..... Scored school-record 123 goals at BC ..... The 82d overall pick of 1998 NHL entry draft.

Bill Guerin
 Age: 35.
 New England connection: Born in Wilbraham; played at Boston College.
 Notable: Making his third Olympic appearance ..... Had four goals in six games in Salt Lake City ..... Had three assists in four games in Nagano ..... Career-best 41 goals with Bruins in 2001-02 ..... Signed with Dallas the following season ..... MVP of NHL All-Star Game in 2001 with a hat trick and two assists ..... Played two seasons with BC (1989-91) and had 40 goals and 30 assists in 77 games ..... Fifth overall pick in 1989 NHL draft, by New Jersey.

Keith Tkachuk
 Age: 33.
 New England connection: Raised in Melrose; played at Boston University; lives in Sandwich.
 Notable: Making his fourth Olympic appearance ..... Had two goals in Salt Lake City ..... Two assists in four games in Nagano ..... Also played in Albertville in 1992, before NHL players were allowed ..... Was on winning US team at 1996 World Cup of Hockey ..... Played one season at BU (1990-91) and had 40 points ..... Selected 19th overall by Winnipeg in 1990 NHL draft ..... Four-time NHL All-Star ..... Captain for seven consecutive years in Phoenix ..... First US-born player to lead NHL in goals (52 in 1996-97 season).

WOMEN'S HOCKEY

Caitlin Cahow
 Age: 20.
 New England connection: Born in Vinalhaven, Maine; plays at Harvard; lives in New Haven.
 Notable: Defenseman made her national team debut on silver-medal squad at 2005 Four Nations Cup ..... Named to all-tournament team at NCAA Frozen Four in 2005 as a sophomore ..... Fifth on Crimson with 35 points (6 goals, 29 assists) ..... Taking the season off from Harvard ..... Pursuing a social-biological anthropology degree ..... Played three years of hockey and lacrosse at The Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.

Julie Chu
 Age: 23.
 New England connection: Raised and lives in Fairfield, Conn.; plays at Harvard.
 Notable: Forward is making her second Olympic appearance ..... Had 4 points in five games in Salt Lake City ..... Has been playing with US national team since 2000 ..... Scored game-winning goal in 2005 world championships ..... Played three seasons at Harvard before taking an Olympic break ..... Cocaptain in 2004-05 as a junior ..... Ranked seventh in nation with 2.19 points per game ..... Majoring in psychology.

Pam Dreyer
 Age: 24.
 New England connection: Played at Brown.
 Notable: Goaltender making her Olympic debut ..... She's 3-2-0 in nine games with US national team, which she joined in 2004 ..... Stopped all of Canada's sudden-death shots in gold-medal win at 2004 world championships ..... Led Brown to Frozen Four as a junior ..... Had a collegiate record of 40-23-8 ..... Born in Eagle River, Alaska.

Tricia Dunn-Luoma
 Age: 31.
 New England connection: Born in Plymouth; raised in Derry, N.H.; played at the University of New Hampshire.
 Notable: Forward is one of just four US players to have appeared in all three Olympics with women's hockey ..... Recorded her 100th point on Team USA with an assist against Finland in 2005 Four Nations Cup ..... Had a hat trick against Germany in 2000 world championships ..... Scored a goal in 3-2 overtime win against Providence that ended the longest game in collegiate hockey (145 minutes, 35 seconds) in 1995-96 season ..... Inducted into UNH Hall of Fame in 2003.

Chanda Gunn
 Age: 26.
 New England connection: Played at Northeastern.
 Notable: Goaltender playing in her first Olympics ..... Was 7-3 in 14 games with US national team in pre-Olympic play ..... Beat Canada in a shootout in November, stopping all four shots in sudden death ..... Played four seasons at NU after starting her college career at Wisconsin ..... Finished as Hockey East's all-time leader in saves (2,447) and save percentage (.938) ..... Founded Inner City Youth Hockey Program ..... Originally from Huntington Beach, Calif.

Jamie Hagerman
 Age: 24.
 New England connection: Raised and lives in North Andover; played for Harvard.
 Notable: Defenseman making her first Olympic appearance ..... Played in all 22 games of Pre-Olympic schedule and had 3 points ..... Joined US national team in 2004 ..... Played for Brampton Thunder of National Women's Hockey League in 2004 and had 30 points in 31 games ..... Played in all but one game in four seasons at Harvard, recording 80 points in 127 games ..... Graduated with degree in pyschology in 2003 ..... Attended Deerfield Academy ..... All-Scholastic as junior and senior ..... Father played hockey at UNH.

Kim Insalaco
 Age: 25.
 New England connection: Played at Brown.
 Notable:Forward making her Olympic debut ..... Missed four games of pre-Olympic series with injury ..... Brown's MVP in her senior season in 2003 ..... Recorded 127 points in her four years at Brown ..... A walk-on on the Brown soccer team ..... All-Scholastic as senior at Choate Rosemary Hall ..... Older brother Dave played two years for Adirondack in the United Hockey League.

Kathleen Kauth
 Age: 26.
 New England connection: Played at Brown.
 Notable: Forward is making her Olympic debut ..... Played in nine games and had 5 points with US national team before Salt Lake City Games, but was one of the last two players cut ..... Played in all 22 games of this season's pre-Olympic tour and had 8 points (three goals, five assists) ..... Played two seasons with Brampton Thunder of National Women's Hockey League ..... Ranks 12th in Brown history with 108 points (52 goals, 56 assists) ..... Majored in biology at Brown and earned master's degree in public health at BU in 2003 ..... Her father, the late Donald Kauth, died during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers.

Courtney Kennedy
 Age: 26.
 New England connection: Born and lives in Woburn.
 Notable: Defenseman is making her second Olympic appearance ..... Had two assists against China in Salt Lake City, her only points in five games ..... Has played in 65 games with US national team over four years ..... Won NCAA title with Minnesota as a junior ..... Finished college career as school's all-time leading scorer among defensemen ..... Serves as head coach at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, where she graduated in 1997.

Katie King
 Age: 30.
 New England connection: Born in Methuen; from Salem, N.H., played at Brown.
 Notable: Forward is one of four players to be a member of all three US women's Olympic teams ..... Has played in 205 games for US national team, recording 140 goals and 117 assists ..... Got her 250th point Nov. 1 with an assist against the ECAC All-Stars ..... Fifth on the team in Salt Lake City with four goals ..... Also had four goals in Nagano ..... Ivy League player of year in 1997 for Brown ..... Won four New Hampshire state titles at Salem in softball ..... Graduate assistant on BC women's hockey team.

Kristin King
 Age: 26.
 New England connection: Played at Dartmouth.
 Notable: Forward is making her Olympic debut ..... Scored winning goal against Canada during pre-Olympic tour, when she played in 18 games and scored twice ..... Missed four games of the tour with an injury ..... Also scored in 2005 world championships as US won gold ..... Has played on two minor league teams, the Oakville Ice and the Mississauga Ice Bears ..... Led Dartmouth to Ivy League titles in her junior and senior seasons ..... Also played softball at Dartmouth, where she graduated in 2002 with a sociology degree ..... Originally from Piqua, Ohio.

Sarah Parsons
 Age: 18.
 New England connection: Resides in Dover.
 Notable:Forward makes her Olympic debut as the youngest member of the US team ..... Had 12 points (four goals) in only 16 games in pre-Olympic tour ..... Missed other six games with illness ..... Scored two goals in her first game with US national team at 2005 world championships ..... Plans to attend Dartmouth ..... Played six seasons of varsity hockey at Noble and Greenough School. Also played for Boston Junior Terriers boys' team ..... Volunteers at Boston-area homeless shelters.

Helen Resor
 Age: 20.
 New England connection: From Greenwich, Conn.; played at Yale.
 Notable: Defenseman is making her Olympic debut ..... Played in all 22 games of pre-Olympic tour and finished with a goal and an assist ..... Scored her first US national team goal in Four Nations Cup in 2005 ..... ECAC all-rookie selection after freshman season at Yale ..... Teammate of Sarah Parsons at Noble and Greenough School, which was 25-0-3 in her senior season ..... Tom Resor, the Nobles coach, is her uncle ..... Favorite athlete is Bobby Orr.

Angela Ruggiero
 Age: 26.
 New England connection: Played at Harvard.
 Notable: Making her third Olympic appearance ..... Defenseman ranked fourth on US team during 22-game pre-Olympic tour with 14 points (six goals, team-best five on power play) ..... Named top defenseman at 2005 world championships ..... One of eight US athletes to carry the flag from the World Trade Center at the 2002 Opening Ceremonies ..... Youngest member of gold-medal winning team in Nagano ..... Played with brother Bill in a Central Hockey League game to become first brother-sister tandem to play in a pro game; she had an assist ..... Played four years at Harvard and graduated cum laude in 2004 with a degree in government.

LUGE

Jonathan Myles
 Events: Singles.
 Age: 23.
 New England connection: Born in Plymouth, N.H., lives in Rumney, N.H.
 Notable: Singles slider is making his Olympic debut ..... Won silver at 2005-06 US nationals ..... Bronze medalist at 2002 Junior World Championships ..... His 11th in Calgary was best finish on World Cup circuit this season, and just one spot behind his best World Cup result, a 10th at Lake Placid in 2004 US nationals ..... One of six children ..... Rock climbing is his other favorite sport.

NORDIC COMIBINED

Carl Van Loan
 Events: Individual Gunderson, team, sprint.
 Age: 25.
 New England connection: Lives in Webster, N.H.
 Notable: On his second Olympic team, but didn't get to compete in Salt Lake City as an alternate for the team event ..... Skied first leg on US relay team that finished fifth in 2003 world championships ..... In B-competition, won World Cup title at Lillehammer in 2004 ..... Competed primarily in B-events this year with best finish a seventh at Lake Placid ..... Was 33d in his only A-level World Cup event ..... Started as an Alpine skier at age 3, then switched to cross-country at age 7, and started jumping at age 9 ..... A competitive road cyclist through high school.

SNOWBOARDING

Lindsey Jacobellis
 Events: Snowboardcross.
 Age: 20.
 New England connection: Born in Danbury, Conn.; lives in Stratton, Vt.
 Notable: Two firsts on the World Cup circuit in her speciality, snowboardcross, along with a third and a sixth ..... Ranked 12th in the world ..... A three-time Winter X Games champion ..... Had hoped to make US team in halfpipe as well but didn't ..... Has nine career World Cup wins ..... Brother Ben is a professional snowboardcross rider ..... At age 10, she often raced against Ben and his friends in events at Stratton Mountain ..... Grew up in Roxbury, Conn., but moved to Stratton to train ..... Featured in a Dunkin' Donuts commercial.

Seth Wescott
 Events: Snowboardcross
 Age: 29.
 New England connection: Grew up in Farmington, Maine; lives in Kingfield, Maine.
 Notable: Has won seven medals in eight Winter X Games competitions ..... Helped lobby the International Skiing Federation to add snowboardcross to the Olympics ..... Won world championship in 2005, just six weeks after tearing a ligament in his right knee ..... In offseason, likes to heli-board in Alaska and sail and whitewater kayak in Maine ..... Started skiing at age 8 and boarding at 10; switched full time to snowboard in 1989.

Kelly Clark
 Events: Halfpipe.
 Age: 22.
 New England connection: Born in Newport, R.I.; raised in West Dover, Vt.
 Notable: Made her second Olympic team with a strong performance in last pre-Olympic halfpipe event ..... Defending her gold medal from Salt Lake City ..... She was the first US gold medalist of 2002 Games and first US woman to win an Olympic snowboard event ..... Had a dominating 2002, winning all major competitions ..... Won a 2005 World Cup event at Bardonecchia, site of the Olympic snowboarding, for her first Cup win since 2002 season ..... Graduate of Mount Snow Academy.

Hannah Teter
 Events: Halfpipe.
 Age: 19.
 New England connection: Resides in Belmont, Vt.
 Notable: Comes from a snowboarding family — her brothers, Abe and Elijah, are US team members; her oldest brother, Abram, manages them all on tour ..... Won first two World Cup events of season in Chile ..... Was third in 2005 world championships ..... Had a scare in 2004 when another boarder landed on her and broke several bones in her back ..... Family makes own maple syrup; Hannah and her brothers used to climb the trees to hang the sap buckets.

Tyler Jewell
 Events: Parallel giant slalom.
 Age: 27.
 New England connection: Lives in Sudbury; attended Boston College.
 Notable: Started skiing at Nashoba Valley and switched to boarding at age 10 ..... Has one top 10 on World Cup tour this season ..... After being named to US team, had to survive an arbitration hearing by Chris Klug, a 2002 team member who wanted to be placed on the team ..... Played varsity lacrosse at BC for four years ..... Took four years off from snowboarding while getting his degree at BC in education.

Michelle Gorgone
 Events: Parallel giant slalom.
 Age: 22.
 New England connection: Raised in Sudbury.
 Notable: Began her boarding at Nashoba Valley but didn't get serious until she started training at Waterville Valley ..... Qualified for Turin with a fourth-place finish in a World Cup event at Kronplatz, Italy, in January ..... Was seventh at a World Cup event on the Bardonecchia Olympic course in 2005 ..... Served as a forerunner on the course at the Salt Lake Olympics ..... Took an immersion course in Italian at Darmouth College.

SPEEDSKATING (SHORT TRACK)

Caroline Hallisey
 Events: 3,000-meter relay.
 Age: 25.
 New England connection: Raised and lives in Natick.
 Notable: Third trip to the Olympics ..... Took off the 2004-05 season after winning US titles in 2003 and 2004 ..... Was fifth in Salt Lake City in the 500 meters ..... Was on relay teams that finished seventh in Salt Lake and fifth in Nagano ..... Left home for Lake Placid to train ..... Mother is a short-track skater at the masters level and father is a race official ..... Engaged to teammate J.P. Kepka.

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