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13 THE OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE!


1) Gracie Gold enjoys a light moment with her coach Frank Carroll. PHOTO BY KATHY SLACK


2) Simon Shnapir grabs his luggage at the airport


before heading to the Athletes Village. PHOTO BY KATHY SLACK


3) Simon Shnapir, Marissa Castelli, Charlie White, Jer- emy Abbott and Ashley Wagner react to a photo of ski crashes on pairs coach Bobby Martin’s cell phone. PHOTO BY MELINDA COUCH


4) The after-midnight crowd mills about the Olympic Park. The Iceberg Skating Palace is in the center of this panoramic view. PHOTO BY BARB REICHERT


5) Felicia Zhang, Marissa Castelli, Nathan Bartholo- may and Simon Shnapir watch the final group of pairs from the stands at the Iceberg Skating Palace. PHOTO BY JOHN MILLIER


6) Gracie Gold, Polina Edmunds and Ashley Wagner show off their USA versus Canada men’s semifinal hockey tickets given to them by the “Today” show. PHOTO BY BARB REICHERT


7) Simon Shnapir and Evan Bates grab bikes at the Athletes Village. PHOTO BY MELINDA COUCH


8) Charlie White and Evan Bates promote the maize and blue of the University of Michigan. PHOTO BY JOSH ELLIS


9) Marissa Castelli, Jason Brown, Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Abbott, Meryl Davis, Simon Shnapir, Charlie White and Gracie Gold display their team event bronze medals. PHOTO BY JOSH ELLIS


10) Ashley Wagner, Jeremy Abbott and Marissa Cas- telli find creative ways to relax before the Olympic Team Event starts. PHOTO BY RENEE FELTON


11) A member of the Russian Police Choir, which sang Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” at the Opening Ceremony, poses with Team USA on the “Today” show set. PHOTO BY MITCH MOYER


12) Jason Brown sends a heartfelt message to his family, friends and fans. PHOTO BY MELINDA COUCH


13) Members of the U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team poses for pre-Opening Ceremony photos at the Athletes Village. PHOTO BY MITCH MOYER


14) Madison Chock, Maia Shibutani, Evan Bates and Alex Shibutani are all smiles after their first Olympic press conference. PHOTO BY MITCH MOYER


15) Polina Edmunds faces a horde of media after her short program. PHOTO BY BARB REICHERT


16) Members of Team USA watch the USA versus Russia hockey game from a dorm room. PHOTO BY KATHY SLACK


17) Ashley Wagner, Gracie Gold and Polina Edmunds place a lock with their names and the Olympic rings on it over the Mur River in Graz, Austria. The three ladies trained in Graz before their event in Sochi. PHOTO BY NINA EDMUNDS


18) Meryl Davis and Charlie White meet up with Michelle Kwan at USA House for an interview with Fox Sports. PHOTO BY RENEE FELTON


19) Gracie Gold, Jason Brown, Meryl Davis and Char- lie White are all decked out for the Closing Ceremony. PHOTO BY KATHY SLACK


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