The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics are underway, and the U.S. team is stronger than ever. From Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold on the figure-skating team to twin sisters and hockey players Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux. the United States sent a group of women to Russia that are hot on the ice and off.
These 10 Olympians are sexy, smart and super-sculpted. Take a look ...
1. Ashley Wagner - Figure Skating
Figure skater Ashley Wagner may only be 5-foot-3, but the Germany-born beauty packs a punch on the ice. Scheduled to perform her short program on Saturday, the 22-year-old skater hopes she'll be able to nail her triple flip-triple toe combination at Sochi. “I need to get my legs underneath me and kind of mentally erase that last competition,” Wagner said, talking about her fourth-place finish at Nationals.
2. Gracie Gold - Figure Skating
Gracie Gold is only 18 years old, but don't discount her just yet. Dubbed by many an "ice princess" the blond bombshell is known for her grace and poise. "I think she's incredibly elegant," coach Frank Carroll said. "She has a beautiful face, a beautiful body and she's long and she jumps high and she floats through the air . … Kind of a complete package."
3. Gretchen Bleiler - Snowboarding
Think athletes are over the hill at 30? No way! Olympic snowboarder Gretchen Bleiler proved that theory wrong when she appeared in ESPN's Body Issue in 2011. "When I was younger, when I was just kind of having success in snowboarding, I did some sexy, half-naked shots [for FHM magazine]." she recalled at the time. "Afterwards, I chose to eliminate those opportunities from my plan. ...The reason I’ve chosen to say yes now is I’m at a point where I want to do this ... [The issue] shows every type of body can be strong and powerful and beautiful. I love that about it."
4. Hannah Teter - Snowboarding
This 26-year-old Sochi sweetheart isn't just beautiful, she's also incredibly nice! The two-time Olympic medalist became involved in the Special Olympics recently and it changed her perspective. "The whole mindset of competition is where it should be on the professional level," she explained recently. "Everyone's there cheering each other on, high fives all around before everybody goes. There's just so much love at the top and so much support for everybody."
5. Jamie Anderson - Snowboarding
Jamie Anderson, 23, is considered one of the best slopestyle riders in sports. But she's not obsessing over a medal. "Goal?" she asked in an interview with SB nation "I would love to win the Olympics," she finally conceded after a moment of pause, "but I wouldn't say that that's like my highest goal. I think my goal is just to get in the best shape of my life, be as healthy and strong as I can, and to ride at my personal best level. If that's good enough to win a medal or anything, then awesome. If not, life goes on."
6. Jessica Diggins - Cross-Country Skiing
The adorable 22-year-old hailing from Afton, Minn. has been blogging during her time at Sochi. And her sweet stories make us like her even more! "As cheesy as this sounds, I was just so genuinely excited to be going to my first Olympics that my heart was pounding and every hour or so I’d grab that arm of whomever was nearest to me and squeal 'we’re going to Sochi!'" she wrote on her blog. "I just couldn’t get over my excitement!"
7 and 8. Twin Sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux - Ice Hockey
What's better than one Olympic hottie? Two, of course! Twin sisters Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux were at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and they qualified again for Sochi. In 2010, Monique was overjoyed when both of them found out they'd be on the U.S. hockey team. "Finding out Jocelyne and I will both be going to the Olympics was awesome," Monique said at the time. "I think when it set in, we both looked at each other and gave each other a look that I don't know how to describe, it's just one of those things you don't need words for."
9. Mikaela Shiffrin - Skiing
This natural beauty may only be 18, but she is the reigning World Cup and world champion in slalom. “I never wanted to wait for success,” Shiffrin told The Boston Globe. “I felt like there were loopholes and steps that I could skip in order to get here. As long as all the pieces fell into place, I didn’t need to wait to 25 to be a world champion. Here’s an opportunity. Why not take it now?”
10. Noelle Pikus-Pace - Skeleton Racing
Not only is Noelle Pikus-Pace gorgeous and talented, she is a mom of a young son and daughter. Out of 230 U.S. athletes in Sochi, only 22 have children. "It's been a huge blessing for us to be able to do this and have the support that we've had," Pikus-Pace, 31, told USA Today. "Being here in Sochi, together as a family, with the results I have had this season, is exactly how we had hoped this adventure would end. Now we have one final souvenir we're hoping to earn before we get on our plane and conclude this journey."