American athletes who could be the Face of the Olympics

Shaun White (USA) reacts after his first run in the finals of the mens snowboard halfpipe at Cypress Mountain during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. (Jerry Lai / US PRESSWIRE)

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Sometimes, earning the title "Face of the Olympic Games" derives from greatness we all saw coming, like Michael Phelps in Beijing or Lindsey Vonn in Vancouver. Just as frequently, relative unknowns rise to the occasion to captivate a global audience, like Gabby Douglas or Missy Franklin in London. From a two-time gold medal-winning snowboarder who's already a household name, to an 18-year-old alpine skiier ready to make her grand debut on the world stage, here are 10 American athletes poised to become the face of the 2014 Sochi Games.

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