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Area Olympians to watch in Sochi

Athletes from Eastern Massachusetts are competing in the Olympic Games in Sochi. Here are some to watch.

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Steve Langton, 30, Melrose

With his power and speed, the 6-foot-2, 227-pound former Northeastern University sprinter has earned a spot on the top four-man US team, the favorite to repeat as gold medalist. Called the “best push athlete in the world” by driver Steve Holbomb, Langton also could earn a medal on the two-man sled.

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Elana Meyers, 29, Melrose

A former ECAC All-Star pitcher/shortstop at George Washington University who plays semi-pro ball for the Mid-Michigan Ice, Meyers earned a bronze as the pusher for Erin Pac at Vancouver in 2010. Now she has stepped into the driver’s seat.

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WOMEN’S HOCKEY

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Alex Carpenter, 19, North Reading

The state’s all-time leading scorer (427 points, at Governor’s Academy), and the daughter of “The Can’t Miss Kid” (former St. John’s Prep and NHL star Bobby Carpenter), the Boston College junior has tallied 22 goals and 15 assists in 31 games for the national team.

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Meghan Duggan, 26, Danvers

A former Patty Kazmaier winner as the top women’s player in college hockey, the University of Wisconsin grad has been named US team captain. She has appeared in 86 games for the national team, including skating for the silver medal-winning squad in Vancouver.

FREESTYLE SKIING

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Annalisa Drew, 20, Andover

Her formative training as a figure skater, along with her time on the slopes at Loon Mountain, paid off: She is the first woman to attempt the 1260 (3½ turns in the air) in competition. A crossover athlete, she will focus on the half-pipe.

Julia Marino, 21, Winchester

The first Winter Olympian to represent Paraguay, she was born in Bahia Negra before being adopted as an infant. She played soccer at Arlington Catholic, learned to ski on Loon Mountain, and had three top-20 finishes in World Cup slopestyle last year.

Craig Larson can be reached at clarson@globe.com.