The term “sibling rivalry“ has been taken to a whole new level in this year’s Olympics, where 22 sets of siblings from all over the world compete against each other in various events.
Many of these sibling sets hail from the U.S. and Canada.
In curling, Erika Brown, 41, serves as the skip (team leader) for the U.S. team. Her brother, Craig, 38, is an alternate on the U.S. men’s team.
Canada’s Olympic freestyle team consists of the three Dufour-Lapointe sisters — Justine, 19, Chloe, 22, and Maxime, 25. To date, the youngest two medaled in the women’s moguls event.
The U.S. Nordic combined team boasts Taylor Fletcher and his older brother, Bryan, showing off their skills in cross-country skiing and ski jumping.
In snowboarding, the U.S.’s 20-year-old Taylor Gold competed for the men in the halfpipe, while his younger sister, Arielle, 17, competed for the women.
In short track, the Canadian team found hopefuls in the Hamelin brothers — Charles, 29, and Francois, 27, who shared a gold medal in the men’s relay in 2010. To date, Charles took gold in the men’s 1500 meter race.
Playing for Team USA hockey are Maple Leafs’ Phil Kessel, 26, and his 22-year-old sister, Amanda. Phil helped the men’s team win their first three games, and Amanda, who currently attends the University of Minnesota, has helped the women’s team win three of their first four Olympic games.
Also playing for the U.S. women’s hockey team are 24-year-old twin sisters Monique and Jocelyne Lamoureux. The sisters, who both play forwards, inspired April 15, 2013, to be declared Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux Day in their home town of Grand Forks, N.D. (undsports.com)
Maia Shibutani, 19, and her brother Alex, 22, are part of the U.S. figure skating team, competing in ice dancing.
Although the duo did not medal, their fans can check them out on “ShibSibs,” their figure skating YouTube series.
In addition to all these brothers and sisters bred on U.S. and Canadian soil, several other countries feature siblings in this year’s Olympics.
In the biathlon, two brothers are on both France’s and Norway’s teams, while a brother and sister duo compete for the men’s and women’s teams for Russia.
Norway also has two brothers on their snowboarding team, as does Switzerland.
Two brothers round out Latvia’s skeleton and luge teams, and also the Austrian luge team.
In men’s hockey, the Czech, Austrian and Finland teams each feature two brothers.
Two sisters compete on both the German and Austrian alpine ski teams, and three brothers are part of New Zealand’s freestyle ski team.
While countries are extremely proud of their Olympians, family members of these amazing athletes are even prouder. Add a second family member to the lineup and it’s hard to imagine how incredible it must feel!
Be sure to tune in for the last few days of the games to cheer on your favorites, and don’t miss the closing ceremonies on Feb. 23.
Sources: www.nbcolympics.com, www.nordic.usskiteam.com and www.sochi2014.com