She was Sandra Schmirler -- Schmirler the Curler -- and for some of us, the first great curler we ever watched. And just two years later, she died of cancer, leaving us feeling robbed.
Canada hasn't won women's curling since Nagano, but that might change Thursday when the undefeated Canadians face Sweden -- a team they beat 9-3 nine days ago -- in the final.
"All I can ask is that we put it all on the ice, and we have a shot at the win," Canada skip Jennifer Jones said after beating Great Britain in the semifinal.
Sweden has won the past two gold medals but has a different skip this time. Margaretha Sigfridsson has yet to win any big tournaments and has four second-place results from the world championships.
Women's halfpipe ski
If it's a new discipline with a history rooted at the X Games then the United States will have strong medal contenders, right?
In this case, it's Maddie Bowman, Brita Sigourney, Angeli Vanlaanen and Annalisa Drew. Roz Groenewoud of Canada, who is dedicating her Games to the late Sarah Burke (a Canadian pipe star who died in 2012 during training), has responded well to knee surgeries.
She placed second at a recent X games event won by Bowman.
According to USA Today, Burke's husband and her parents made the trip to Sochi to see the Olympic premiere of the event Sarah Burke campaigned so much for.
Groenewoud carries a piece of Burke's jewelry with her.
"She was extremely competitive, extremely driven, but that never colored her ability to be compassionate and generous with compliments and stuff like that," Groenewoud told USA Today of the four-time Winter X Games champion.
Who else to watch: Marie Martinod of France came out of retirement and earlier this year finished third at the X Games.
Men's ski cross
Ok, let's try to predict a sport in which six different people won seven World Cup races. One in which some "favorite" is going to be knocked out in an elimination race by another competitor.
Usually we tell you about the defending champion, but Michael Schmid of Switzerland has raced just six World Cup events since 2010 due to a bad knee.
So we'll be watching Jean-Frederic Chapuis of France who, besides the really cool name, has a world title.
John Teller of the United States owns one of those World Cup wins. And according to his website, he works in the family garage when he is not skiing. Now there's somebody America can get behind.
Who else to watch: It seems like any of the 32 racers in the eight heats has a podium chance.