American athletes representing other countries in Sochi - Window to the Winter Games

The Olympic Games may traditionally be a stage for patriotism, but every two years, a handful of athletes — through dual citizenship, special visas, or other loopholes — compete for countries other than their own, with hopes of earning a medal that may otherwise be unattainable. Meet a few Americans who will go for the gold under foreign flags in Sochi. -- Chelsea Evers

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Allison Reed and Vasili Rogov compete for Israel during the Ice Dance Short Program at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships March 14, 2013 in London, Ontario, Canada. AFP PHOTO/Geoff RobinsGEOFF ROBINS/AFP/Getty Images

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Seamus O'Connor of Ireland dejected after his Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Semifinal on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Island of Dominica competes in first Winter Games

In this photo taken on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, cross-country skiers Gary and Angelica di Silvestri pose for a photo at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Mont. The American-born man and his Italian-born wife will be representing the tiny Caribbean island nation of Dominica at the Winter Olympics in Sochi next month. The former finance professionals, granted Dominica citizenship for their philanthropic work on the island, are finishing their training in Montana while hastily arranging their own visas, travel logistics and footing the bill for the entire expedition. (AP Photo/Janie Osborne)

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 07: Julia Marino of Paraguay during a Ski Slopestyle official training session ahead of the the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Vic Wild of Russaia speeds down the course to place fifth during the men's parallel slalom race at the Snowboard World Cup event in Rogla, Slovenia, on Saturday, Jan. 18. 2014. Tim Mathies won the race in front of second placed Zan Kosir of Slovenia and third Sylvian Dufour of France

Vic Wild of Russaia speeds down the course to place fifth during the men's parallel slalom race at the Snowboard World Cup event in Rogla, Slovenia, on Saturday, Jan. 18. 2014. Tim Mathies won the race in front of second placed Zan Kosir of Slovenia and third Sylvian Dufour of France. (AP Photo/Filip Horvat)