Second-generation Olympians competing in Sochi

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Competing at the Olympic Games seems like a rite of passage for elite athletes in some families. Here are a few Olympians in Sochi who followed the trail started by a relative who competed in the Games before them. -- Danny Lee

The winger for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, is the son of Tatyana Ovechkina, who won gold at the 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics with the Soviet Union women’s basketball team. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Alex Ovechkin (Russia) Ice hockey
The winger for the NHL’s Washington Capitals, is the son of Tatyana Ovechkina, who won gold at the 1976 and 1980 Summer Olympics with the Soviet Union women’s basketball team. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
The 27-year-old biathlete is the daughter of former Olympic rowers Dick Dreissigacker (1972 Munich Games) and Judy Greer (1976 Montreal, 1984 Los Angeles). (Harry How/Getty Images)
Hannah Dreissigacker (United States) - Biathlon
The 27-year-old biathlete is the daughter of former Olympic rowers Dick Dreissigacker (1972 Munich Games) and Judy Greer (1976 Montreal, 1984 Los Angeles). (Harry How/Getty Images)
The 18-year-old is the granddaughter of Asle Skaastad, who competed in the men’s downhill, slalom and giant slalom at the 1956 Olympics. (Matt Blyth/Getty Images)
Tiril Sjaastad Christiansen (Norway) - Freestyle skiing
The 18-year-old is the granddaughter of Asle Skaastad, who competed in the men’s downhill, slalom and giant slalom at the 1956 Olympics. (Matt Blyth/Getty Images)
The biathlete is the daughter of Stan Dunklee, who competed in cross-country skiing at the 1976 and 1980 Games. She is also the niece of cross-country skier Everett Dunklee (1972). (Harry How/Getty Images)
Susan Dunklee (United States) - Biathlon
The biathlete is the daughter of Stan Dunklee, who competed in cross-country skiing at the 1976 and 1980 Games. She is also the niece of cross-country skier Everett Dunklee (1972). (Harry How/Getty Images)
The two-time defending champion in the men’s 5,000 meters is the son of speedskater Yep Kramer, who skated for the Dutch at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
Sven Kramer (Netherlands) Speedskating
The two-time defending champion in the men’s 5,000 meters is the son of speedskater Yep Kramer, who skated for the Dutch at the 1980 and 1984 Olympics. (Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
The Anchorage, Alaska native is the niece of former Olympic cross-country skiers Betsy Haines (1980) and Chris Haines (1976). (Harry How/Getty Images)
Kikkan Randall (United States) - Cross-country skiing
The Anchorage, Alaska native is the niece of former Olympic cross-country skiers Betsy Haines (1980) and Chris Haines (1976). (Harry How/Getty Images)
The 28-year-old is the daughter of Austrian Alpine skiing great Josef “Pepi” Stiegler, who won gold in the men’s slalom at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Resi Stiegler (United States) Alpine skiing
The 28-year-old is the daughter of Austrian Alpine skiing great Josef “Pepi” Stiegler, who won gold in the men’s slalom at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. (Photo by Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Weirather is the daughter of Hanni Wenzel, who competed at the 1976 and 1980 Games. Wenzel won two golds and a silver at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. (Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)
Tina Weirather (Lichtenstein) Alpine skiing
Weirather is the daughter of Hanni Wenzel, who competed at the 1976 and 1980 Games. Wenzel won two golds and a silver at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. (Mitchell Gunn/Getty Images)
Eggert's grandfather Walter was a doubles luger who finished fourth at the 1964 Olympics. (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Toni Eggert (Germany) Luge
Eggert's grandfather Walter was a doubles luger who finished fourth at the 1964 Olympics. (Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
The Colorado Avalanche center is the son of Peter Stastny, who was played for Czechoslovakia at the 1980 Lake Placid Games and Slovakia at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. (Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images)
Paul Stastny (United States) Ice hockey
The Colorado Avalanche center is the son of Peter Stastny, who was played for Czechoslovakia at the 1980 Lake Placid Games and Slovakia at the 1994 Lillehammer Games. (Jim McIsaac/NHLI via Getty Images)
The 2012 ladies’ singles world champion’s father, Erwin, played for the Italian national hockey team at the 1984 Sarajevo Games. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Carolina Kostner (Italy) - Figure skating
The 2012 ladies’ singles world champion’s father, Erwin, played for the Italian national hockey team at the 1984 Sarajevo Games. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Wild defenseman’s father, Bob, was on the 1980 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in the “Miracle on Ice” game. (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)
Ryan Suter (United States) Ice hockey
The Minnesota Wild defenseman’s father, Bob, was on the 1980 U.S. Olympic men’s hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union in the “Miracle on Ice” game. (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

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