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That combination meant that nearly 70 athletes who live at least part-time in Utah competed in Sochi, with some of the medalists even hoping to expand on their triumphs in Pyeongchang.
Freeskier Devin Logan, for example, who lives in Park City and won silver in slopestyle, hopes to also compete in the halfpipe in Pyeongchang, something she couldn’t quite accomplish in Sochi.
Utah medalists in Sochi
Athlete Residence Event Medal
Eddy Alvarez West Jordan Short-track relay Silver
Torah Bright Salt Lake City Snowboard halfpipe Silver
Maddie Bowman Salt Lake City Ski halfpipe Gold
J.R. Celski Salt Lake City Short-track relay Silver
Joss Christensen Park City Ski slopestyle Gold
Chris Creveling Midvale Short-track relay Silver
Alex Deibold Park City Snowboardcross Bronze
Kaitlyn Farrington Salt Lake City Snowboard halfpipe Gold
Steven Holcomb Park City Two-man bobsled Bronze
Sage Kotsenburg Park City Snowboard slopestyle Gold
Ted Ligety Park City Giant slalom Gold
Devin Logan Park City Ski slopestyle Silver
Jordan Malone West Jordan Short-track relay Silver
Noelle Pikus-Pace Eagle Mountain Skeleton Silver
Meanwhile, snowboardcross bronze medalist Alex Deibold was imagining a day when he might have to face much greater expectations than he did here, entering the competition known mostly for spending the Vancouver Games as a wax technician for his teammates.
"It’s been kind of nice not to have that spotlight and that pressure," the part-time Park City resident told USA Today. "You look at Shaun White, and I’m sure people are gonna pick him apart and tear him limb from limb because he didn’t win. That pressure is pretty unbelievable. Hopefully I’ll have to learn how to deal with it at some point."
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