14 Olympics-Inspired Baby Names: Sochi Edition!
For baby naming inspiration, look no further than the inspirational athletes competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Not only are they really talented at cold weather sports, but quite a few members of Team USA have some very cool first names.
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The Winter Games are in Resi Stiegler’s DNA! Her father was a three-time Olympic skier for his native country of Austria. Resi will ski the slalom and giant slalom for Team USA. Like her name? Resi means “gatherer” in Greek.
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After a strong showing at the U.S. National Figure Skating Championship last month, ice dancing champs Meryl Davis and partner Charlie White are the odds-on favorite to win the gold at Sochi. Looking for a name for your future figure skater? The name Meryl is Arabic for the sweet-smelling spice, myrrh.
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Bode Miller has won five medals in the Winter Olympics, the most of any U.S. skier—two silvers in Salt Lake City 2002; and a gold , a silver, and a bronze in Vancouver 2010. Will he do it again? The pressure is on! The name Bode is an alternate form of Boden and means “shelter,” “herald” or “one who brings news.”
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Kikkan Randall is vying to make history as the first American to ever win an Olympic medal in cross-country skiing—yup, we’ve never won one before! Kikkan is a Swedish name that loosely translates to mean, “mistress of the manor.” Kikka and Kiki are related names.
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Men’s figure skater Jason Brown plans to wow the crowds at Sochi with his jumps and spins. The name Jason is of Greek origin and means “to heal.”
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At 15 years old, figure skater Polina Edmunds barely made the age cut off for Team USA. She’s the youngest U.S. Winter Olympian since Tara Lipinski in 1998! Polina is a Russian name that means “small” or “humble.”
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Speed skater Shani Davis made history at the 2006 Olympic Games in Turin, Italy when he became the first African American to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics. This year in Sochi, he’s favored to bring home gold again. Shani is an Egyptian name that means “wonderful.”
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With a last name like Gold, this 18-year-old figure skating standout has some pretty high expectations to meet! Her first name Gracie is an alternate form of Grace, which is a name that means “lovely” and “virtuous.”
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Competing in the Biathlon, this is Team USA Lowell Bailey’s third Olympics. The name Lowell is French in origin and means “young wolf.”
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Jazmine Fenlator was a college track star before turning her athletic talents to bobsledding. Seven years after taking up the sport, Fenlator has earned a spot as a Team USA Bobsled Pilot. Jazmine is an alternate spelling of Jasmine or Jessamine, a sweet-smelling flower and traditional girl’s name.
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Tucker West will be swooshing down the icy track as a member of the U.S. Luge team. His road to the Games is unusual. A native of Connecticut, the luge run he practiced on for years was actually a wooden track his dad built for him in the backyard. Love the preppy, classic name, Tucker? It means “God’s Justice” in Hebrew.
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Leif Nordgren will going for the gold for the U.S. in the Olympic Biathlon event. Leif is a traditional Scandinavian name that means “son.”
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Team USA’s Nolan Kasper is a World Cup slalom ski racer who has had some injuries over the past few years. He’s reportedly in tip-top shape for Sochi and is considered an “underdog to watch” in this year’s games. The name Nolan is of Irish origin and means “noble.”
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What is track star Lolo Jones doing at the Sochi Olympics? The runner is going for the gold—again—as the newest member of the U.S. Olympic Bobsledding team. Lolo is a fun name all on its own, but in the athlete’s case, is actually a nickname for Linda.
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