The Gem State will be represented by eight athletes at the 2014 Winter Games in Russia three snowboarders, two skiers, a biathlete, a bobsledder and a hockey player.
JASMINE CAMPBELL: ALPINE SKIING
Idaho connection: Born in the Virgin Islands and moved to Sun Valley when she was 10. She lives and trains there but will represent the U.S. Virgin Islands in Sochi.
Competition schedule: Womens giant slalom (Feb. 18), womens slalom (Feb. 21)
Olympic experience: None (her father and coach, John, skied for theU.S. Virgin Islands in the 1992 Games).
Quotable: Its surreal. And its really overwhelming. Its a little bit daunting knowing that Im going to be carrying the (U.S. Virgin Islands) flag all alone, but youve just got to set your emotions aside and handle it.
NICK CUNNINGHAM: BOBSLED
Idaho connection: Former sprinter and team captain for the Boise State mens track and field team.
Resides: Lake Placid, N.Y.
Competition schedule: Two-man bobsled (Feb. 16-17), four-man bobsled (Feb. 22-23)
Olympic experience: Placed 12th in the two-man and 13th in the four-man in 2010 as a brakeman.
Quotable: Were not usually in the spotlight when were on tour, so this is our one shot to show the world what we have. We definitely want to make the best of it. My guys know were going in there for business and we have a team that can win.
KAITLYN FARRINGTON: SNOWBOARD
Idaho connection: Grew up on a ranch in Bellevue and graduated from Silver CreekAlternative School in Hailey.
Resides: Salt Lake City
Competition schedule: Womens halfpipe (Feb. 12)
Olympic experience: None
Quotable: Im trying to medal. I definitely think I have it in me to be standing on the podium at the end of this Olympics, so Im really reaching for that.
ERIK FISHER: ALPINE SKIING
Idaho connection: Boise resident and Eagle High graduate.
Competition schedule: Downhill (Feb. 9)
Olympic experience: He made the 2010 team, but did not compete because of an injury.
Quotable: I really didnt think (the Olympics) was possible until my dad took me to the Olympics in 2002 in Salt Lake, and I stood on the side of the mountain and watched the guys ski and thought to myself, I can do that. It was more something I expected of myself and not really this distant goal.
NATE HOLLAND: SNOWBOARDCROSS
Idaho connection: Sandpoint High graduate
Resides: Splits time between Truckee, Calif., and Sandpoint.
Competition schedule: Mens snowboardcross (Feb. 17)
Olympic experience: Finished 14th in 2006 in Torino; crashed in the four-man final to finish fourth in 2010 in Vancouver.
Quotable: If theres any opportunity for a pass for a win, Im going to take it. Thats just who I am and how I race. I really dont have any desire to be a silver or bronze medalist. Its that top spot that Ive grown to love.
JESSIKA JENSON: SNOWBOARD
Idaho connection: Rigby High graduate
Competition schedule: Womens slopestyle (Feb. 6, 9)
Olympic experience: None
Quotable: Its so unreal to me. When I was notified that I made the team, my coach Bill Enos had to tell me multiple times before it registered in my head that I have made the Olympic team. It feels rewarding to know that the hard work that Ive put in has put me this far in my snowboarding career. It was all a big dream from the start, and here I am now living my dream.
HILARY KNIGHT: HOCKEY
Idaho connection: Has lived in Sun Valley since 2009
Competition schedule: Team USA debuts Feb. 8. Medal games are Feb. 20.
Olympic experience: Won a silver medal with Team USA in 2010.
Quotable: Its a huge challenge, a huge opportunity everything you could ask for, I guess. Its going to be a lot of fun. Theres nothing like putting on your jersey or your sweater and being able to compete on behalf of your country. Its a dream all of us chase day in and day out.
SARA STUDEBAKER: BIATHLON
Idaho connection: Boise High graduate
Resides: Splits time between Lake Placid, N.Y., and Anchorage
Competition schedule: 7.5-kilometer sprint (Feb. 9), 10k pursuit (Feb. 11), 15k individual (Feb. 14), 12.5k mass start (Feb. 17), mixed relay (Feb. 19), womens relay (Feb. 21). Studebaker needs to qualify for the pursuit and mass start and likely wont go in the mixed relay.
Olympic experience: Finished 34th (individual), 45th (sprint), 46th (pursuit) and 17th (relay) in 2010.
Quotable: I hope I can have some of my best results at the time that it really matters.