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Katie Uhlaender - Skeleton @KatieU11

Making her third Olympic appearance, skeleton racer Katie Uhlaender is no stranger to the sporting life—her dad, Ted, was a Major League outfielder for the Twins, the Indians and the Reds. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 2009, while she was competing at the World Cup championships in Park City, Utah. Her best Olympic finish was 6th place in 2006, and she credits her faith with helping her move past disappointment with her 11th place finish in 2010. She just turned 29 and has already announced her intentions to continue competing through the 2018 Olympics. While she also wants to settle down and have a family, she says, "I'll have to have faith in God's plan and continue doing what I feel like he wants me to be doing, and everything will fall into place."

Anne Schleper - Hockey @_aschlep

Schleper points to her experience with Athletes in Action as a hockey player at the University of Minnesota as the time when the religion of her childhood became a personal faith. Schleper now leads a Bible study at Team USA training camps. "Any time you get in the athletic environment, it's challenging as a Christian. It's easy to have an 'it's about me' attitude," she says. "That's why it's important to be around other Christians who can lift you up and pray for you. It's good to stay connected, and that's where I've seen those Bible studies at camps be so huge. God is opening the eyes of teammates who I would never have thought would come. He's building it into something bigger and better."

Bobby Brown - Free skiing (Halfpipe) @Bobby_Brown1

For the past few years Brown has been at the top of the world of freestyle skiing, which has been part of the X Games since the 1990s. Popular tricks in the sport, the skiing version of the event popularized by snowboarder Shaun White, include the "K-Fed," "Britney," and "Lincoln Loop." Brown has won four golds at the X Games, but is looking to make his comeback after two broken ankle injuries in 2013.

Elana Meyers - Bobsled @eamslider24

Another bobsledder who found her way there from another sport, Meyers was invited to try out for the 2004 Olympic softball team but the experience did not go well; she says she "crashed and burned." When she officially decided to retire from softball in 2007, she turned to bobsled to keep her Olympic dream alive. Two weeks after her first tryout, she made the national team. In 2010 she won a bronze medal with the team and is a favorite to take home a gold or silver in Sochi. She says, "One of the big reasons I was put in bobsled is to help people not only reach their goals, but come to Christ."

Christopher Creveling - Speed Skating @TophCrev

The 27-year-old is making his Olympic debut in Sochi. He grew up skating at the roller rink his family owned, where he competed in inline speed skating alongside Olympics teammate Kyle Tress. In 2004 he was the inline World Champion, and in 2007 he made the switch to short track speed skating.

Laura Leonard is associate editor for BuildingChurchLeaders.com. You can follower her on Twitter @lmarieleonard.

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