There are 88 countries participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics and 2,800 athletes representing them. The United States is sending 230, Canada is sending 220 and Russia has 225.
The U.S., Australia, Canada, Netherlands and Switzerland teams are the biggest those countries have ever sent to the Olympics. On the other end of the spectrum are countries that are sending a single representative of their country. Five countries are making their Olympic debuts. Talk about pressure. They are:
*Denotes country’s Winter Olympic debut
Luke Steyn, Zimbabwe* – Alpine Skiing
Dmitry Trelesvski, Kyrgyzstan – Alpine Skiing
Muhammad Karim, Pakistan – Alpine Skiing
Alisher Qudratov, Tajikistan – Alpine Skiing
Yohan Goncalves Goutt, Timor-Leste* – Alpine Skiing
Elise Pellegrin, Malta* – Alpine Skiing
Dow Travers, Cayman Islands – Alpine Skiing
Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, Mexico – Alpine Skiing
Antonio Jose Pardo Andretta, Venezuela – Alpine Skiing
Jasmine Campbell, U.S. Virgin Islands – Alpine Skiing
Dachhiri Sherpa, Nepal – Cross-Country Skiing
Kari Peters, Luxembourg – Cross-Country Skiing
Tucker Murphy, Bermuda – Cross-Country Skiing
Julia Marino, Paraguay* – Freestyle Skiing
Peter Crook, British Virgin Islands – Freestyle Skiing
Pan To Barton Lui, Hong Kong – Short Track Speed Skating
Michael Christian Martinez, Philippines – Figure Skating
Bruno Banani, Tonga* – Luge
There are also three Indian athletes competing "independently" from their home country at this year's Olympics. They were introduced during the opening ceremony under the Olympic flag because the International Olympic Committee suspended their Olympic association in light of a corruption scandal.
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