What local newspapers are saying about their favorites among Team USA.
Tom Clyde, Park Record, Park City, Utah: "The Olympics are on in the middle of the night, several channels' worth. Curling, cross country skiing, biathlon, all manner of things I don't care about, but for some reason want to watch, and actually get kind of emotionally invested in. ... If there was any single scene that dragged me in, hook, line and sinker, it was the men's slopestyle snowboard competition. Again, a sport I know nothing about and have no interest in. But I watched it because a local kid, Sage Kotsenburg, was in it. Sage won, and when the final scores were in, the three medal winners erupted into a big dog pile of exuberance. They hugged and yelled and rolled on the ground. They shared a moment of sheer magic with the world."
Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press: "Meryl Davis, 27, of West Bloomfield, and Charlie White, 26, of Bloomfield Hills, won the ice dance with 195.52 points on Monday night, breaking their own world record and becoming the first U.S. team to win the event. ... White held one corner of the flag, Davis held the other; and it draped around them. Which seemed fitting; this was an equal partnership. ... They went from shy kids in elementary school, through the awkward teenage years, past high school and into college. Now, they are in their 20s. Strong. Confident. And they landed in the same spot. Hand in hand. Wrapped in the flag."
Dylan Silver, Tahoe (Calif.) Daily Tribune: "South Lake Tahoe could hardly ask for better representation on the world stage. Jamie Anderson is modest, open and sincere. She is kind and thoughtful. She's supremely talented. And, now, she's an Olympic gold medalist. The 23-year-old Tahoe local has earned her place in snowboarding history. She is the first women's Olympic champion of snowboarding slopestyle. ... Anderson's smile was ubiquitous as ever. Her post-event interviews were incredible. Her bashfulness was delightful. The joy on her face in the photos after her winning run was enough to make a grown snowboarder choke up a little. But the really impressive part about her run wasn't the sheer happiness that accompanied it, albeit that's very important. Her decisive move to put style and consistency before technicality is what really showed her mastery of the sport."
Utica (N.Y.) Observer Dispatch, editorial: "A young lady named Erin Hamlin from tiny Remsen, N.Y., population 505, rode her way into the record books half a world away by becoming the first American to ever win a singles luge medal at the Olympics. With four solid runs, Hamlin stayed the course at Sochi and hung tough, earning the bronze medal. ... The Olympics bronze makes Erin Hamlin the third best luger in the world. But in our hearts, she's the best. Erin, you're awesome."
Bob Kravitz, The Indianapolis Star: "Nick Goepper came into the competition as a gold-medal favorite, but he's not going to blanch at bronze, not after the United States men went 1-2-3 in (the slopstyle) event. ... Goepper came into the post-competition press conference with an American flag draped over his shoulder. He still wore his helmet. If he was downcast, he put on a good front. Yes, he wanted to win Olympic gold, but this was an amazing honor for a kid from Southern Indiana."
The Deerfield (Vt.) Valley News, editorial: "Kelly Clark has dominated (snowboarding) like few others. She has 67 wins and 109 podium finishes in 128 snowboard halfpipe events during her professional career. ... Amazingly, a search of the Web for 'greatest women athletes' reveals that Clark doesn't make many, if any, of those lists. That's incredible. ... Clark deserves to be mentioned in any conversation about top athletes in the world."