X Games

The Lure of Sochi

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Sammy Carlson

Photograph By Joshua Duplechian/ESPN

Sammy Carlson first competed in the X Games when he was 15. Now 24, he says, "I was definitely looking forward to doing some other things, and then when you hear about the Olympics, it's such an opportunity that you have to try and make a push for it. It's like a little carrot that comes into the picture and a whole other opportunity for people to take advantage of."