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00000179-c810-d4c2-a579-fdd2fe840003The 2018 Winter Olympics kick off Feb. 8 in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and over a dozen Olympians have ties to Vermont, with many more having trained or gone to school here.In fact, Vermont is tied for sixth among states sending the most Olympic athletes in Team USA this year (Colorado takes first, in case you were curious!)Meet The 2018 Vermont OlympiansTo help you keep track of local athletes as they compete in Pyeongchang, we've gathered their bios by team:Alpine Skiing | Biathlon | Bobsleigh & Luge | Cross-Country Skiing | Freestyle Skiing | Ice Hockey | Snowboard We'll be keeping track of the results every weekday morning on the Sports Report and on VPR's Facebook and Twitter accounts.Vermonter Mikaela Shiffrin at last year's Alpine Skiing World Championships. Her first event in Pyeongchang is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 12.

One Small Town, Many Athletes: How Norwich Excels At Producing Olympians

Hannah Kearney of Norwich won a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic and a bronze in 2014.
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Hannah Kearney of Norwich won a gold medal in the 2010 Winter Olympic and a bronze in 2014.

As the Winter Olympics begin this week in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the U.S. team — as usual — will have a significant contingent of Vermonters. It's easy to forget how many world-class winter athletes live in the state. And many of them come from a single Vermont town.

Norwich, an Upper Valley town in Windsor County of about 3,000 people, has produced 11 Olympians, at least one in every winter games since 1984.

Karen Crouse is a New York Times sports reporter and the author of a new book looking at the Norwich Olympic phenomenon, called Norwich: One Tiny Vermont Town's Secret to Happiness and Excellence.

She sat down with Vermont Edition to talk about the book.

Broadcast Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.