Chicago Area Olympians

The Windy City will be well represented in Vancouver this Winter.

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Ben Agosto | Full Bio
Ben Agosto, a 2006 Olympic silver medalist ice dancer, was born in Chicago and raised in Northbrook, Illinois. Agosto began skating at age five, because he was inspired by the older skaters at his rink and by 1988 Olympic champion Brian Boitano.
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Shani Davis | Full Bio
Davis, 27, is the first black athlete to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the Olympics, and the first black athlete to earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic speed skating team. A true Chicagoan, he wore a Chicago White Sox cap at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino.
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Tucker Fredricks | Full Bio
Janesville, Wisconsin native, Tucker Fredricks, was introduced to speedskating in 1994 because he was too small to play hockey..
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Lisa Chesson | Full Bio
Lisa Chesson, 24, grew up in Plainfield, Ill. and played for The Ohio State University with a career with 89 points.
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Lana Gehring | Full Bio
Teen skate queen Lana Gehring will only be 19 years old when she competes in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games for Short Track Speed Skating. She’s a graduate from Glenbrook South High School.
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Evan Lysacek | Full Bio
Evan Lysacek, born in Chicago and raised in Naperville, has been twice named the USOC's athlete of the month. He is the 2009 World Champion and SKATING Magazine 2009 Readers' Choice Skater of the Year Award Winner. Lysacek says that his favorite restaurants are Gino's and the Original Uno's Pizzeria in Chicago. When he's not training Lysacek enjoys golfing, yoga and riding his bike.
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Debbie McCormick | Full Bio
McCormick, who hails from Rio, Wis., will be competing in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games as a curler. It will be the third Olympic trip for the 35-year-old.
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Jaime Moriarty | Full Bio
Winnetka's Jamie Moriarty joined the U.S. bobsled team and competed in his first race during the 2006-07 season after an injury sidelined him from arena football training camp.
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Catherine Raney-Norman | Full Bio
Catherine Raney-Norman grew up in Elm Grove, Wi. and has participated in every Winter Olympics since 1998. She is not considered a huge medal threat in Vancouver.
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Katherine Reutter | Full Bio
Katherine Reutter, 20-year-old speed skater, dropped out of figure skating classes as a kid because she "wanted to go fast." She is a two-time overall U.S. champion.
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Nancy Swider-Peltz Jr. | Full Bio
Nancy Swider-Peltz, Jr., from Wheaton, is heading to her first Olympics in Vancouver after winning the 5,000 and 3,000 meter U.S. Long Track Speed skating National Championships. She's also the daughter of a four-time Olympian.
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Jonathan Kuck | Full Bio
Kuck didn't start skating until he was 10, and even then he wasn't very good. But he poured himself into the sport and began working out during summer skating programs and by the time he was 14 he was just seconds off Olympic qualifying time.
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Patrick Kane | Full Bio
Patrick Kane hails from Buffalo, N.Y., but now plays for the Chicago Blackhawks. Vancouver 2010 is a "totally different stage" for the 21-year-old, who is a major scoring threat for the U.S. hockey team at the Winter Olympics.
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Mark Grimmette | Full Bio
He's not exactly a Chicagoan, but we'll take him. Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., Grimmette has been a competitive luger since 1990. During the mid-1980s, a luge run was constructed at Muskegon State Park, across the street from Grimmette's house.
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