Happy Valentine’s Day! What better way to spread the love than by featuring the fourteen winter Olympic athletes that stole our hearts? If we’ve learned anything about the Sochi Winter Games thus far, it’s that there are ups and downs, unexpected turns, and glorious victories. Why do we love these athletes? They lead by example and put their whole hearts into what they do. Isn’t that what love is all about?
1. Alex Bilodeau took home the gold medal in freestyle skiing moguls Monday. He not only became the first athlete to win back-to-back gold medals in moguls, but also dedicated his gold medal to his brother, who has cerebral palsy.
2. Katlyn Farrington won gold in women’s half pipe. She was the final snowboarder named to the U.S. team, who ended up wowing us all. We love her for her tenacity and dedication to the sport.
3. Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov: Who can't love this figure skating dual? We couldn’t help but be moved by their performance that won them the gold medal in pairs skating.
4. Ashley Wagner may have not liked her scores during the team figure skating program, but she stole our hearts with her genuine smile and rock solid performances.
5. Shaun White didn’t win the gold medal this year, but he has red hair and is “The Flying Tomato.” For that, we love him!
6. Kelly Clark was a favorite in the woman’s snowboarding half pipe. She may have not taken the gold, but she’s been a frontrunner for 12 years. Not many female athletes at her age can say that.
7. Devin Logan earned a silver medal in women’s ski slopestyle event. Not too shabby for only being 20 years young. Much love to Devin.
8. Jessica Jerome, a ski jumper, learned at a young age that “the greatest gift any father can give his daughter is the belief in a future without limits.” We love this philosophy.
9. Gus Kenworthy, the silver-medal slopestyle pro from Colorado, did his good deed by picking up four puppies and their mother on the streets of Russia. We’ve heard rumors he’s even made arrangements for them to be sent back to the U.S. Aww!
10. Joss Christenson skied with a photo of his dad who died six months ago and went on to win the gold medal in men's slopestyle. That's some powerful love right there.
11. At 19 years old, Yuzuru Hanyu became the first skater to break the 100-point mark in figure skating short program in Sochi.
12. Mikaela Shiffrin is the youngest American to win an Olympic gold medal in alpine skiing. Did we mention she’s only 18 years old?
13. Jamie Anderson took the gold medal in women’s slopestyle. Jamie helped the U.S. win its third medal of the games and second in slopestyle.
14. Last, but not least: Sage Kotsenburg won the first-ever Olympic gold medal in snowboard slopestyle in Sochi. He also became the first gold medalist at these Olympics games.