Contenders: Get to know 26 of the top freeskiers competing in Sochi

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noun (Kuh n-TEND er): a person who tries to win something in a contest; especially: a person who has a good chance of winning.

The global halfpipe and slopestyle circuits have many highly qualified competitors. From up-and-comers to seasoned veterans of the sport, each athlete’s outcome at the Games depends not only on his or her skill set but also on variables such as weather, mental toughness and dreaded injuries. We’ve narrowed down the field and highlighted the athletes that we feel are top contenders to go all the way; click below and get to know 26 of the top names in the sport—the skiers are listed in no particular order.

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