Winter Games Athletes
After claiming a bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Games, Geisenberger has emerged as the overwhelming favorite to strike gold this time in Sochi. She put together an incredible run on the World Cup circuit this season, winning seven of her eight starts en route to her second consecutive World Cup championship. More impressive is that six of Geisenberger's victories have been by at least one-tenth of a second, and to put her dominance in greater perspective, she has won 13 of the last 16 World Cup women's singles races she entered since the start of the 2012-13 season and finished second in the three she failed to win by a combined .151 seconds. Geisenberger also has an excellent chance at a second gold given Germany's dominance in the team relay event, which will award a medal for the first time at this Olympics. She has helped win four relay events on the World Cup circuit this season and also contributed to four of Germany's six team victories in the 2012-13 season. One of Geisenberger's three second-place finishes over the past two seasons, though, came in the pre-Olympic run on the Sochi track last season as countrywoman Tatjana Hufner edged her out by .038 seconds with a stronger second run.