Carey Price No. 1 in power rankings

Originally Published: January 14, 2014
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You hear phrases like "will to win" and "refuse to lose" all the time in sports. But what if you could really do it? What if you could be so perfect that not even the greatest hockey players in the world could score on you in the Olympics?

That's the moment Carey Price just enjoyed. The Canadiens goalie didn't allow a single goal in the Olympic semifinals against the United States or against Sweden in the gold-medal game. Sure, he had a great defense in front of him, but this is the Olympics we're talking about, with all the pressure that comes with playing for a country where hockey is less national pastime and more national passion. For rising to the challenge, we're making Price No. 1 in the this week's Cross-Sport Power Rankings.

Olympic heroes dominate the CSPR top five this week. There's U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who won gold in slalom; Adelina Sotnikova, who edged Kim Yu-na to win figure skating gold; and Marie-Philip Poulin, who broke American hearts with the tying and winning goals in Canada's stunning comeback in the women's hockey gold-medal game. Rounding out the top five is Dale Earnhardt Jr., who won his second career Daytona 500.

2014 Cross-Sport Power Rankings panel: Sara Walsh, John Buccigross, Robert Flores, Michael Smith, Jim Basquil, Kevin Connors, Jeff MacGregor and Steve Weissman

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The Cross-Sport Power Rankings week runs from Tuesday to Monday, covering all sporting events in that seven-day span.

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