The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off today in Sochi, Russia.
Among the most popular sports in the Winter Olympics is inevitably the ice dance and women's figure-skating event.
This year, America focuses on Gracie Gold, who wowed the crowd at the 2014 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Jan. 11, 2014.
The 18-year-old won her first national championship with her perfect short program at the nation competition this month.
The 15-member U.S. Olympic Figure Skating team was announced after approval by the United States Olympic Committee. "I'm so excited to be going to Sochi representing the United States," she said. "The Olympics aren't just another competition, it's the ultimate dream. It's a life experience that I'll never forget and I'm so excited to be going."
Ashley Wagner, who placed fourth in this year's national Figure Skating Championship, is the veteran skater among the three ladies representing the U.S. for the singles. She was the national champion in both 2013 and 2012.
Wagner expressed her excitement at representing the U.S. at the Olympics. "I'm at a loss for words right now. It's been a really rough four years and I've been working really hard... I'm happy that my federation was able to see beyond one bad skate and I can't believe that I'm going to be able to represent the United States in Sochi. We have an incredible team, and I'm so proud of what we've all been able to accomplish so far. I'm on cloud nine. Everyone has been so supportive over the last couple of days and I'm very grateful to be where I am right now."
See the full list of U.S. figure skaters heading for the Sochi Olympics below:
Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir
Felicia Zhang and Nathan Bartholomay
Madison Chock and Evan Bates
Meryl Davis and Charlie White
Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani
Be sure to tune into NBC to catch all the figure-skating events. The full figure skating schedule for the 2014 Olympics can be seen below. (All times EASTERN and are not necessarily shown live). Ashley Wagner will be skating for the Team Skate - Ladies Short program on Saturday and Gracie Gold will skate the Team - Ladies Free program on Sunday.
|Feb 6 10:30 AM||Team – Men Short|
|Feb 6 12:10 PM||Team – Pair Short|
|Feb 8 9:30 AM||Team – Short Dance|
|Feb 8 11:10 AM||Team – Ladies Short|
|Feb 8 1:05 PM||Team – Pair Free|
|Feb 9 10:00 AM||Team – Men Free|
|Feb 9 11:05 AM||Team – Ladies Free|
|Feb 9 12:10 PM||Team – Free Dance|
|Feb 11 10:00 AM||Pairs – Short Program|
|Feb 12 10:45 AM||Pairs – Free Skating|
|Feb 13 10:00 AM||Men – Short Program|
|Feb 14 10:00 AM||Men – Free Skating|
|Feb 16 10:00 AM||Ice Dance – Short Dance|
|Feb 17 10:00 AM||Ice Dance – Free Dance|
|Feb 19 10:00 AM||Ladies – Short Program|
|Feb 20 10:00 AM||Ladies – Free Skating|