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Hannah Teter. Photo: Nick Hamilton

Hannah Teter, USA
Age:
22
Hometown: Belmont, Vermont
Stance: Goofy
Board team: Burton

Olympic outlook: As defending Olympic gold medalist, Hannah has the power and strength to win and has definitely savored success in the past. The niner is there, as well as fives and sevens. However, she has been somewhat absent in the past four years, battling some knee injuries, as well as taking a step back to do her own thing, including raising money for Darfur and other causes. She has a competitive drive and winning tricks-she podiumed at every stop of the Grand Prix qualifiers except the first, which she didn’t compete in (2nd, 3rd, 2nd, 2nd) but she never managed to outdo Kelly, and we’re wondering how she will fare against Torah.

Potential downfall: Consistency is only part of the winning equation, but it’s an important part. Also, the pressure involved with being a title defender can be a real bitch, mentally speaking.