Reaching for Sochi

Updated: December 30, 2013, 2:57 PM ET
By Dimity McDowell | Special to espnW

Figure skater Agnes Zawadzki has a few things in her life that she loves. The first is peanut butter: "I throw it on top of anything or just eat it right from the jar," says the 19-year-old who has twice captured bronze medals in the U.S. Nationals. The second is a stuffed elephant, a good-luck charm that is also a remembrance of her father, who died when she was 10. It travels with her to competitions and will be at the 2014 National Championships in Boston, which are Jan. 5-12.

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