TODAY   |  February 06, 2013

Countdown to Sochi: Athletes to watch in 2014

As athletes gear up for the Winter Olympics, which begins in Sochi, Russia, one year from today, TODAY’s Matt Lauer takes a look at the competitors you should be looking out for, from Olympic rookies like skier Mikaela Shiffrin, to veterans like snowboarder Shaun White.

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>> is a sample of what you can expec expect.

>> vonn over the top .

>> after a devastating fall at the world championships in austria, all eyes will be on lindsey vonn , the most successful american skier in history. and whether she'll be ready for what would be her fourth olympic games .

>> coming to the finish line.

>> mikaela shiffrin, trying to make her very first olympic team. on the men's side, veterans bode miller and ted ligety . both hope to be back in the hunt for more hardware. in figure skating ice dancers meryl davis and charlie white are team u.s.a.'s strongest hope for gold. while on the oval speed skater shani davis . seth wescot wants to make it a three-peat. shaun white will be looking for a three-peat, too, in the half-pipe, hoping to compete in a new event called snowboard slope style. slope style skiing will be another of the unprecedented events in sochi. tom wallisch is a favorite to land on that podium. and