Team USANA: 30 Reasons to Celebrate in Sochi

Written by on February 27, 2014 in Team USANA with 8 Comments

Team USANA winterFor 18 exciting days, thousands of people (myself included) were glued to their TVs, computer screens and mobile devices at all hours of the day and night, cheering on their favorite athletes and countries as they competed for coveted Winter Game gold.

And while there were moments of disappointment and frustration, there were also times filled with joy and inspiration.

For Team USANA there were 30 occasions to celebrate. That’s 8 more times than the 2010 Games!

If Team USANA was a country, it would have placed second in the overall medal count with a solid 30 podium appearances — 13 gold, 7 silver and 10 bronze — and tied with Russia for the most gold hardware of the Games! But the fun doesn’t stop there.

USANA’s athletes set the bar high for future competitions, marking their places in history in nearly 10 events, including four inaugural Winter Games competitions.

FINAL MEDAL STANDING

When powered by a leader in nutrition, it only seems fitting that Team USANA would lead the way for its fellow competitors.

 Sochi Champions

  • Ambassador Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid secured Winter gold for the second consecutive time after Canada’s women’s hockey team defeated the USA, 3-2 in overtime.

Meaghan Mikkelson-Reid Wins Gold in Sochi

  • The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association scored 17 medals (record 8 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze) during the Games, including historical gold for both men and women, in the inaugural ski halfpipe and slopestyle snowboarding events!

Team USANA 2014 Medal Winners - USSA

  • U.S. Speedskating short track athletes J.R. Celski, Eddy Alvarez, Chris Creveling and Jordan Malone took home the team’s only medal of the Games, capturing silver in the 5000m relay.

US Speedskating Wins Silver in Sochi

  • Erin Hamlin of USA Luge secured bronze in the women’s single event, becoming the first American luger to medal at any Winter Games.

Erin Hamlin Wins Bronze in Sochi

  • Speed Skating Canada captured 1 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals during the Games, two of which were earned by long tracker Denny Morrison. Morrison captured silver in the 1000m after teammate Gilmore Junio generously gave up his spot in the race.

Team USANA Speed Skating Canada Medals at Sochi

  • Five USANA-sponsored athletes of South Korea’s Speed Skating team brought home five medals, three of which (2 gold and 1 bronze) were secured by Park Seung-hi!

Team USANA 2014 Medal Winners - Korea Speedskating

Sarah Hendrickson Sochi / Sarah Brunson: U.S. Ski Team

Hendrickson becomes first woman to jump in Olympic competition. (Sarah Brunson / U.S. Ski Team)

We also congratulate all of our Biathlon Canada, Cross Country Canada and Great Britain Short Track Speed Skating athletes on their tremendous achievements in Sochi, and can’t wait to see all of our winter teams compete in the 2018 PyeongChang Games. 

Introducing…

Heather Richardson

@usspeedskating Instagram

Only a couple days before the Games began, USANA teamed up with U.S. long track speedskater, Heather Richardson and welcomed her as one its newest Brand Ambassadors!

“I’m really excited to be working with USANA,” Richardson said. “I love to partner with companies who have truly been part of me becoming the best athlete I can be and I thank everyone at USANA for standing behind me and the entire US Speedskating Team.”

As the 2013 World Sprint Champion and 2013 US National Sprint Champion, the 35-time World Cup medalist headed to Sochi for her second Winter Games appearance. While she didn’t reach the podium, Richardson finished 8th in the 500m and 7th in the 100m and 1500m to record her best Winter Games results yet.

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Allie Henderson

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About the Author: As Athlete Communications Manager, Allie implements and oversees all Team USANA programs to successfully promote USANA’s elite and Olympic sponsored athletes through social, digital and print mediums. She is also a devoted Portland Trail Blazers fan, mother and wife, who will, without a doubt, survive the zombie apocalypse. .

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  1. Tim Haran Tim Haran says:

    Awesome! It’s always so much fun cheering on Team USANA. Congratulations to all the athletes!

  2. Congratulations to all the Team USANA Olympians in Sochi. Demonstrating excellence! Great job for all the years of dedication and hard work, and especially for trusting your health during your training to the USANA nutritional supplements.

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