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.
Gracie Gold poses on the medals podium after winning the ladies competition at the Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden on January 11, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Shani Davis: Showing no signs of slowing down
Shani Davis looks on before competing in the men's 1,000 meters during the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Kearns, Utah. Davis came in first place. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
Tim Burke of US reacts after crosses the finish line in the men's 20km individual event of the IBU Biathlon World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic, on February 14, 2013. AFP PHOTO / ALBERTO PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images