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The Quest for Gold: 13 Team USA Olympic Athletes to Follow on Instagram

While we’re able to watch the winter games on television, social media provides a more intimate look into each competitor’s experience as the Olympic athletes Instagram their way to gold. From the moments leading up to qualifying to the US team, traveling to Russia, time in the Olympic Village with teammates, or exploring the country on their own, each photo provides an inside look into what the athletes are experiencing away from the Olympic venues that we see on television. There are 230 athletes representing the United States in the winter games, and here are 13 to follow as they Instagram their quest for gold in Sochi.

  • 13 Team USA Olympians to Follow on Instagram 1 of 14
    13 Team USA Olympians to Follow on Instagram

    These Olympians are not only busy in their quest for gold, but they're chronic Instagrammers whose feeds are fun and show their dedication to their sports; making them a must-follow on Instagram for a personal look at their experiences in Sochi.

    Image courtesy of Aja Evans @ajalevans on Instagram

  • Figure Skater Alex Shibutani 2 of 14
    Figure Skater Alex Shibutani

    "2014 US Olympic Team Ring. #TeamUSAPrep #GoTeamUSA #RoadToSochi #WeGotThatBling #OCTanner"

    Follow Jazmine at @AlexShibutani

    Image courtesy of Alex Shibutani

  • Long Track Speed Skater Heather Richardson 3 of 14
    Long Track Speed Skater Heather Richardson

    "Roomie love #sochi"

    Follow Heather at @HLynnRichardson

    Image courtesy of Heather Richardson

  • Speed Skater Joey Mantia 4 of 14
    Speed Skater Joey Mantia

    "Practice on Olympic Ice #SOCHI2014 #honored to wear these colors"

    Follow Joey at @JoeyMantia

    Image courtesy of Joey Mantia

  • Womens Bobsled Teamster Aja Evans 5 of 14
    Womens Bobsled Teams Aja Evans

    "Back in the mountains and had our first day of sliding! I haven't been on this track since last year where we set the start record and got silver! Feels good to be back!!! Ready to get after it again tomorrow! Make sure to check out my website, full of new updates, videos, and more! Link located in my bio! Let's get ittttttt!!! www.AjaLEvans.com #SochiGrind #teamUSA"

    Follow Aja at @AjaLEvans

    Image courtesy of Aja Evans

  • Figure Skater Ashley Wagner 6 of 14
    Figure Skater Ashley Wagner

    "Such a surreal experience getting interviewed yesterday by Matt Lauer! So excited to be here in Sochi, can't wait to get started! Let's go #teamusa! #sochi2014"

    Follow Ashley at @AshWagner2010

    Image courtesy of Ashley Wagner

  • Snowboarder Shaun White 7 of 14
    Snowboarder Shaun White

    "Food in Russia is amazing! #McSochi"

    Follow Shaun at @ShaunWhite

    Image courtesy of Shaun White

  • Womens Bobsled Teamster Jamie Greubel 8 of 14
    Women's Bobsled Team's Jamie Gruebel

    "Chilling in the athlete recreation center"

    Follow Jamie at @JamieGreubel

    Image courtesy of Jamie Greubel

  • Skeleton Sledder Kyle Tress 9 of 14
    Skeleton Sledder Kyle Tress

    "The Iceberg."

    Follow Kyle at @KyleTress

    Image courtesy of Kyle Tress

  • Downhill Skiier Laurenne Ross 10 of 14
    Downhill Skiier Laurenne Ross

    "Training some paneled slalom today with @staceycookusa @leannestagramm and@jankylilj"

    Follow Laurenne at @LaLaLaurenne

    Image courtesy of Laurenne Ross

  • Short Track Speed Skater Eddy Alvarez 11 of 14
    Short Track Speed Skater Eddy Alvarez

    "Practice. Those game faces though.... might need a little work @USOlympic #teamUSA"

    Follow Eddy at @EddyAlvarez90

    Image courtesy of Eddy Alvarez

  • Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farr 12 of 14
    Snowboarder Kaitlyn Farr

    "Free boarding in Russia finding the powder that was left! #teamusa #selfie"

    Follow Kaitlyn at @KaitlynFarr

    Image courtesy of Kaitlyn Farr

  • Downhill Skiier Travis Ganong 13 of 14
    Downhill Skiier Travis Ganong

    "One more of the Olympic Downhill start! This hill is rad!!! We get to ski it tomorrow @marcolikesit @believeinsteven @skifastfish @jaredgoldberg @millerbode"

    Follow Travis at @TravisGanong

    Image courtesy of Travis Ganong

  • Bobsled Pilot Jazmine Fenlator 14 of 14
    Bobsled Pilot Jazmine Fenlator

    "Official official: my #sochi2014 accreditation & venue access pass! #dreamscometrue #teamusa #roadtosochi #teamprocessing"

    Follow Jazmine at @JazmineFenlator

    Image courtesy of Jazmine Fenlator

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