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Learn more about these Olympians

Watching the competitions in the Winter Olympics is half the fun. The other half of the fun is getting to know the athletes and learning their stories. Here's a look at a few of the star athletes for the United States as we head into the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games, which begin February 12 and can be seen on NBC.

Snowboard Queens

Snowboarding is a relatively new sport in the Winter Olympics. It debuted in the 1998 games after its growing popularity made it impossible for the International Olympic Committee to ignore the sport. Heading into the snowboarding events in Vancouver, a group of tough yet loveable snowboard queens has emerged: Lindsey Jacobellis, Hannah Teter, Kelly Clark and Gretchen Bleiler.

Lindsey excels in snowboard cross, Hannah is the reigning halfpipe gold medalist, Kelly won the halfpipe gold medal back in 2002, while Gretchen is a beauty who also specializes in the halfpipe. The American public is sure to fall in love with these queens on ice.

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