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Gold rush

While the rest of us hibernate, these 11 American Olympians are braving the ice and snow in pursuit of a medal at the Sochi Games. They took a breather to talk to Hemispheres.

Author Jacqueline Detwiler Photography Sasha Nialla

Tom Wallisch, 26, Freeskiing/Slopestyle

TOM_WALLISH09 copy copy_EDITI hear your parents are really supportive of your skiing.
They’re really into it now. They don’t know what every trick is, but they know all the guys that I compete with and against from countries all over the world.

Are they coming to Sochi?
Oh, they are definitely going. They already have their tickets booked, so even if I didn’t get in for some reason, they’re going to watch my friends. [laughs]

What are you most excited about seeing at your first Olympics?
I guess just the village and the venue itself. The experience of being involved at this worldly event that’s been around for years and years and years. Just being able to look back and say you were at an event like that is pretty amazing.

If you win a medal, where will you put it?
I don’t know. I guess if I were to win a medal I would probably put it in some sort of nice frame and hang it up in my house. I don’t know what you do with it. I wonder how much you could sell one for on eBay. No, no, I’m kidding.

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