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Since 1976 the number of African-Americans competing for Winter Olympic glory has steadily increased. With the iconic international sporting competition commencing this week, we spotlight the Black athletes vying for medal honors at Sochi.

Historically people of color have had minimal access to the Winter Games. The sports require a substantial amount of travel. Additionally the equipment, training and access to proper facilities can be costly.

Despite these obstacles several athletes of color will be representing us proudly throughout different sports at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

So we present the current roster of African-American 2014 Winter Olympians that we should look out for during the next two weeks of competition.

Let us know who you think has a shot at the gold in the comments section.

Photo: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

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