Returning U.S. Olympic Champs

These U.S. Olympians graced the podiums in Torino, Italy in 2006 and are back to represent in Vancouver. Check out some fun facts about their careers and lives beyond the sport.

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Sestriere, ITALY: Julia Mancuso from the US exults 24 February, 2006 following the Ladies Giant Slalom final run in Sestriere Colle, Italy. Mancuso snatched the gold medal with an overall time of 2:09.19. The Turin 2006 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing competitions are held between 12-25 February and yield five medal events for both men and ladies. AFP PHOTO JEFF HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
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JULIA MANCUSO, 25, from Reno, Nevada, is an alpine ski racer. She made her World Cup debut at the age of 15. She has been named a "Lange Girl," and is part of a campaign to model for the company dressed in little else than their ski boots.
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Mancuso won the gold in the giant slalom alpine skiing event at the 2006 Winter Olympics. She has since had to undergo surgery in her knee, but will likely be recovered in time for the 2010 Olympics.
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BENJAMIN AGOSTO and TANITH BELBIN have been an ice dancing team since 1998. Agosto, 27, is from Chicago and Belbin, 25, is from Kingston, Ontario. They competed in the 2006 Olympics after an emergency act signed by President George W. Bush naturalized Belbin as an American citizen.
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Agosto and Belbin won the silver medal in ice dancing at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Together, they are four-time World Figure Skating medalists, three-time Four Continents champions, and five-time U.S. Figure Skating champions.
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GRETCHEN BLEILER, 28, from Toledo, Ohio, started her professional career in snowboarding in 1996. She now has her own line of outerwear for Oakley.
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Bleiler won the silver medal in the snowboarding half-pipe event in the 2006 Winter Olympics. She has won more half pipe competitions in 2003, 2005 and 2006 than any other female snowboarder.
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SHANI DAVIS, 27, from Chicago, Illinois, competes in short track and long track speed skating. He has been speed skating since he was six, and has set a total of eight world records in speed skating.
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Davis won the gold in the 1,000 meter and silver in the 1,500 meter speed skating events at the 2006 Winter Olympics. In 2002, he became the first black athlete to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic speed skating team.
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CHAD HEDRICK, 32, from Spring, Texas, is an inline speed skater and ice speed skater. He is currently ranked second in an unofficial world ranking of ice speed skaters, and has been nick named the Paris Hilton of speed skating for his active night life.
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Hedrick won the gold in the 5,000 meter, silver in the 10,000 meter and bronze in the 1,500 meter speed skating events at the 2006 WInter Olympics. He was the third American to win three medals in a Winter Olympics.
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DANNY KASS, 27, from Vernon Valley, New Jersey, is a professional snow boarder. He started snowboarding when he was 12, and now has his own glove and mitten company called Grenade.
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Kass won the silver medal in the snowboarding half-pipe event at the 2006 Winter Olympics. Kass also won the silver in half-pipe at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and has four U.S. Open championships and seven Winter X-Games medals.
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APOLO OHNO, 27, from Seattle, Washington, is a competitive short track speed skater. In 1999, he became the youngest skater to win a World Cup Title event. He has since expanded his career, winning the competitive show "Dancing With the Stars" in 2007.
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Ohno won the gold in the 500 meter and bronze in the relay and 1,000 meter events for short track speed skating at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He is currently tied for the most career medals at the Winter Games, and is one of four American athletes to win three medals at at one Winter Olympics game.
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JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ, 33, from Miami, Florida, is a competitive speed skater. She started her career in artistic roller skating, and switched to ice in 1996 to make the Olympics.
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Rodriguez won the bronze medals in the 1,000 meter and 1,500 meter in long track speed skating. She is making a comeback at the 2010 Olympics after quitting skating for two years.
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SHAUNA ROHBOCK, 32, from Orem, Utah, is a competitive bob-sledder. She is also a former professional soccer player, and is currently a Specialist in the U.S. Army National Guard.
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Rohbock won the silver medal in bobsled at the 2006 Winter Olympics with team mate Valerie Fleming. She also won second with Fleming in the 2006-2007 Bobsleigh World Cup.
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HANNAH TETER, 22, from Belmont, Vermont, is a competitive snow boarder. She comes from a family of snowboarders, with two brothers that compete on the U.S. snowboarding team, and another brother who is her agent and manager.
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Teter won the gold medal for the snowboarding half-pipe event at the 2006 Winter Olympics. She won a bronze medal in the 2005 World Snowboard Championship, and has been nominated for three ESPY awards.
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SETH WESCOTT, 33, from Durham, North Carolina, is a competitive snow boarder. He started snowboarding at the age of ten. He also owns The Rack, a restaurant near Sugarloaf, Maine.
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Wescott won the gold in the snowboard cross event at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He has won three silvers and four bronzes in Winter X-Games.
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SHAUN WHITE, 23, from Carlsbad, California, is a professional snowboarder. He started snowboarding when he was nine, and is also known for professional skate boarding. His red hair has earned him the nickname the "Flying Tomato."
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White debuted and won the gold medal in snowboarding halfpipe at the 2006 Winter Olympics. He has won nine golds, one silver and two bronzes at Winter X-Games.
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