Minnesota's 44 Olympians
There are 44 athletes with Minnesota ties competing at the Sochi Olympics. We have one biathlete and one luger, two speed skaters, six skiers, eight curlers and 26 hockey players. The list includes Zach Parise, captain of the men's hockey team, speed skater and Duluth native Anna Ringsred, Bloomington's Keri Herman who will be competing in slopestyle and cross country phenom Jessie Diggins from Afton.
Biathlon: The essential guide
Biathlon combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. It dates back to Norwegian ski troops in the late 1700s and there is still a strong tie to the military today. Coach Piotr Bednarski shares the trick to being able to switch back and forth between skiing and precision shooting. Here's what you need to know when you watch the Sochi games.
Curling: The essential guide
Curling first originated in Scotland in the 16th century, played on frozen ponds and lochs. But the sport has a strong presence in the upper Midwest and Minnesota in particular. Nearly all of Team USA's curlers are from the state. The game has a language all its own: pebbling, hack, hog line, button. Learn about the sport here.
Hockey: The essential guide
Minnesota is most well represented at the Sochi Olympics in — no surprise — hockey. But the rules for Olympic hockey are not the same as for NHL or collegiate games. Both US teams took home silver in 2010. See how Olympic hockey works and which Minnesotans to watch for.
Luge/bobsled/skeleton: The essential guide
The sports were all developed during the late 1880s in Switzerland as a pastime for tourists who wanted a thrill sledding down the Alps. But a lot has changed since then. Three-time Olympic luger Tony Benshoof from White Bear Lake shares his insight on what to watch for at the games. Here's what you need to know.
Skating: The essential guide
Figure and speed skating are some of the oldest Winter Olympic sports. Two coaches helped guide us through the differences between ice dancing and pairs figure skating, and short track and speed skating. Find out more about the judging, the gear and the events.
Skiing: The essential guide
Between Alpine, cross country, freestyle, Nordic combined, ski jumping and snowboarding, it's an exciting year for Olympic skiing. Slopestyle is making its debut at the Sochi games, with two Minnesotans competing, and women's ski jump will be an Olympic sport for the first time.
The Sochi Olympics Tracker live blog will offer live coverage of the games.