Sarah Hughes is a 16-year-old figure skater who could give Michelle Kwan competition for a gold medal in Salt Lake City. Hughes won the 1998 U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships at the age of 12 and took home the silver medal behind Kwan at the 2001 U.S. Championships. Hughes took the bronze medal behind Kwan and Russian skater Irina Slutskaya at 2001 World Championships and won the bronze at the 2000 and 2002 U.S. Championships.
Picabo Street won a silver medal in the downhill at the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and overcame a severe knee injury to capture the gold medal in the Super-G at the 1998 Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. She will be attempting another comeback at the Salt Lake Games after breaking her left femur in a horrific crash less than a month after her Nagano victory. She failed to qualify in January for the 2002 U.S. Super-G team but has qualified to participate in the downhill event. A child of 1960's hippies, Stubby and Dee Street, she grew up on a small farm in Idaho where the family raised its own livestock and grew its own food. Her parents named her after the Picabo Indian tribe after calling her "Little Girl" for the first two years of her life, because they wanted to let her choose her own name.
Competing in his first Olympics, Jimmy Shea will be the third member of his family to compete in the Winter Games. He is one of the world's top skeleton sliders, an event similar to the luge but sliders go face down. Before his death a few weeks ago, Shea's 91-year-old grandfather, Jack Shea, was the oldest living American to win a gold medal at an Olympic Winter Games, winning the 500 and 1,500-meter speed skating gold medals at the 1932 Lake Placid Games. Jimmy's father, James Shea, competed in three Nordic events at the 1964 Innsbruck Games. Both father and grandfather were at the 2000 Goodwill Games in Lake Placid when Shea won the gold medal. Shea also is the first American to win a skeleton world title at the 1999 World Championships in Altenberg, Germany.