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Event: Figure skating
Hometown: San Jose's Almaden Valley
15-year-old figure skating sensation Polina Edmunds hails from Almaden Valley, a hilly, bucolic community just south of central San Jose, California. Edmunds's meteoric rise is at least partially attributable to the fact that she lives a stone's throw from world-class coaching and skating facilities in San Jose.
During the next week, we're going to introduce you to the hometowns of three Olympians: Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the unlikely hometown of freestyle skier Nick Goepper; South Buffalo, the working class Irish neighborhood where hockey standout Patrick Kane grew up; and San Jose's Almaden Valley, the stomping ground of 15-year-old figure skating phenom Polina Edmunds.
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Hometown: South Buffalo, New York
Two-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane has deep roots in South Buffalo, a working class neighborhood with a strong Irish-American flavor. Once part of Buffalo's most notorious vice district, the tight knit neighborhood is still home to some of the Queen City's best bars.
Hometown: Lawrenceburg, Indiana
The gold medal favorite in slopestyle, a new freestyle skiing discipline making its Winter Games debut in Sochi, hails from the Hidden Valley area of Lawrenceburg, a city on the Ohio River in Southeast Indiana nicknamed "Whisky City" after a Seagram's Distillery in town.
But for an older generation, a different--but still fabulously coiffed person--was synonymous with Aspen: John Denver.
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