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Julie Chu, a Fairfield native and member of Team USA's women's hockey team enters with the American flag during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics Closing Ceremony at Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Chu was one of a handful of Olympians with Connecticut ties to compete in the games.
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Ridgefield, CT. native Tucker West competed in the Sochi Winter Olympics as a member of the U.S. luge team.
At 18-years old, West is the youngest member of the luge team in U.S. Olympic history.
West competed in the men's luge and finished in 22nd place with a time of 3:31:21
Brooklee Han of Redding, CT. just graduated from Joel Barlow High School in June of 2013, but the 18-year-old was ready to figure skate on the world stage in Sochi.
Han competed for Australia as her father is a native of the country from down under. She qualified for the Olympics during a competition in 2013
Han skated her way into the finals and was part of a deep and talented field. She finished 20th overall but gained valuable experiene on the biggest stage in her sport.
Danbury-area native Lindsey Jacobellis was competing in her third Winter Olympic games. She earned a silver medal in 2006 and was favored to win gold in Sochi.
Jacobellis was leading her semifinal race when she wiped out. Her dreams of finally winning a gold medal were dashed.
Greenwich native and former Brunswick student-athlete Kevin Shattenkirk (in white) earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic hockey team for the first time.
Shattenkirk, (#22) who plays for the St. Louis Blues during the NHL, was a defenseman for the U.S.
Max Pacioretty of New Canaan, CT. was all smiles after being named to the U.S Olympic team for the first time in January. Pacioretty plays for the Montreal Canadians during the NHL season
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Pacioretty (#67) was one of three players from SW Connecticut on the men's Olympic hockey team. He employed his trademark aggressive style of play and helped the U.S. move into the semifinals against Canada.
Milford native Jonathan Quick was the starting goalie for the United States.
Quick was brilliant in the first four games which included a win over Russia. He made 36 saves in a 1-0 loss to Canada
Jonathan Quick and the United States lost to Canada in the semifinal, then couldn't secure a bronze medal in their game against Finland.
Julie Chu of Fairfield came into the Sochi Games as one of the most accomplished U.S. athletes competing in them. Considered one of the greatest female hockey players ever, Chu was taking part in her fourth Olympics.
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Julie Chu (#13) and the U.S appeared to be on the verge of a gold medal when they jumped out to a 2-0 lead vs Canada. However, Canada tied the game with two late goals, then won it in overtime, 3-2.
Chu was chosen by her fellow American Olympians to carry the flag during the Closing Ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on February 23, 2014.
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Opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic games.
The team from the U.S. enters the stadium for the opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympic games.
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