2014 Winter Games

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The reigning men's figure skating champion from Naperville has not competed since the 2010 Olympics. Injuries twice forced him to scrub planned comeback events this season. If healthy, Lysacek easily could make a third Olympic team.

Until Lindsey Vonn got hurt Tuesday, what looked like the best U.S. comeback stories?

Alpine skier Bode Miller, 35, (five Olympic medals) plans to try for a fifth Olympics after taking this season off. Skeleton racer Noelle Pikus-Pace, 30, missed competing in 2006 after a freak accident, retired after a fourth place in 2010, had a second child, returned last November and won a silver medal at worlds last month.

Will Kikkan Randall, most decorated cross-country skier in U.S. history, finally win an Olympic medal?

Good omen: She got out of a sick bed to win all three of her sprint races in the recent World Cup event on the Sochi course.

How will NBC Universal handle the 10-hour time difference to Sochi?

Prime time NBC coverage will be delayed. More than half the events will be live on some NBC network. Every event will be streamed live.

The breakout U.S. star?

Slalom skier Mikaela Shiffrin, 17, who could be the youngest Alpine skiing medalist in U.S. history.

All that glitters?

No athlete with the family name Gold ever has been in the Olympics, but the U.S. could have two next year: figure skater Gracie and snowboarder Arielle.


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