As the 2014 Winter Olympics wind to a close in Sochi, let's take a moment to recognize the Chicago area athletes who have performed fantastically on the world's highest stage. They may be along way from Sweet Home Chicago, but they sure made our city proud.
Megan Bozek and Kendall Coyne (Women's Hockey)
Bozek and Coyne were key contributors to the USA women's hockey team, which came up just short of a gold medal in a thrilling overtime game on Thursday. Both finished the Olympics with four assists, which tied for the second-highest total in the tournament.
Aja Evans (Women's Bobsledding)
Evans, the daughter of a former Minnesota Vikings defensive lineman and niece of former Chicago Cubs outfielder Gary Matthews, was the first Chicagoan to bring home a medal in Sochi. She earned a bronze in the bobsled.
Jason Brown (Men's Figure Skating)
Brown's "bronytail" was one of the sensations of the games, earning the admiration of fans and its own Twitter account - @2014PonyPower. He was a member of the bronze medal-winning US figure skating team, and then finished sixth in the men's short program and ninth in the men's free skate.
Gracie Gold (Women's Figure Skating)
Gold was a teammate of Brown's on the bronze medal team, and finished in fourth place after both the short program and free skate individually.
Brian Hansen (Men's Speed Skating)
Hansen, a 23-year-old speedskater from Evanston, made news in Sochi for his mission to meet every Blackhawks player participating in the Olympics. But he performed well on ice as well, placing seventh in the 1,500, ninth in the 1,000 and 33rd in the 500.
Shani Davis (Men's Speed Skating)
Davis placed eighth in the 1,000, 11th in the 1,500 and 28th in the 500 in Sochi.
Also competing in the Sochi Games from the Chicago area were speedskaters Jonathan Kuck, Patrick Meek and Emery Lehman and curling Ann Swisshelm.