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Family Affair in Sochi

2/7/2014
Snowboarding siblings Taylor Gold and Arielle Gold will be cheering each other on in Sochi. Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

With 230 athletes competing at the Sochi Olympics, the United States has the largest athlete delegation for any nation in the history of the Winter Games. Perhaps equally remarkably, among the record-setting contingent there are seven sets of siblings: Snowboarders Arielle and Taylor Gold, hockey players Amanda and Phil Kessel and Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux, cross-country skiers Sadie and Erik Bjornsen, curlers Erika and Craig Brown, Nordic combined athletes Bryan and Taylor Fletcher and figure skaters Maia and Alex Shibutani. The previous record for American siblings competing at the same Winter Olympics was six, set in 1964. Eight sets of siblings represented the United States at the 2012 Summer Games in London, but that U.S. contingent was more than twice the size of the team in Sochi.