Trevor Marsicano
Credit: Photograph by Alan Clarke

Age: 24
Hometown: Ballston Spa, New York
Best Events: team pursuit: 1,000 meters, 1,500 meters
Medal Count: Silver, team pursuit, 2010

For Trevor Marsicano, speedskating started as a form of therapy. In middle school, hockey teammates bullied him for being small. (He's now 5-foot-8.) But he was the fastest skater – which gave him an idea. "I told my parents, 'I don't want to play hockey, but I still want to skate,' " he says. He sought out Pat Maxwell – who's coached five Olympians out of upstate New York's Saratoga Winter Club – and took refuge in his new sport. "As a kid, you have these frustrations," he says. "Some people put it into art or schoolwork. I put it into a sport where I can push as hard as I want."

After a near-fatal collision in 2004 – he took a skate to the thigh and lost half the blood in his body – Marsicano resumed training after six months. How do hockey players view him today? "You always have a few guys who are, like, 'Why are they wearing spandex?' " he says. "Then they see how fast you can go."