MADISON, Wis. -- Eight former Badgers were named members of the 2014 U.S. Olympic hockey teams and one was named to Team Canada as the Olympic Winter Games got underway Feb. 7, in Sochi, Russia.

The world event provides an opportunity to recognize the tremendous contributions Wisconsin has made through the ages to the Olympic Games.

SOCHI 2014
Bobbing for bronze medals
Seven NCAA athletes earn silver as Team USA falls
Four former NCAA athletes medal in women's bobsled
Bowling Green continues storied tradition in Sochi
Team USA move one away from women's hockey gold
Davis and White are making Michigan proud
North Dakota's T.J. Oshie owns Sochi
Silver for Utah Valley State's Pikus-Pace
UCCS freshman Brown skates well in short program
Dawn's early light: USA falls to Canada in WICE
Badger dynasty: Wis. sent skaters to 10 Oly. Games
Hamlin makes history in luge for Team USA
Minnesota's Kessel leads U.S. in rout of Switzerland
Davis and White at head of pack 
• Temple's Serebrakian to go for gold in alpine skiing
Team USA women's hockey defeats Finland
Dartmouth's Kearney earns bronze in moguls
Saturday in Sochi: Let the Games begin
London's darlings eager to cheer teammates in Sochi
Michigan's Dr. Kutcher making difference in Sochi
Wolverine ice dancers lead Team USA
Minnesota's Kessel to skate with brother in Sochi
• Harvard's Fry heading to Sochi with special motivation
Putting school on hold to chase Olympic gold a tough call
The Sochi Seven: Women's ice hockey team
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 At least one Badger alum has skated in 10 consecutive Olympic games dating back to the 1976 games in Innsbruck, Austria. The men's and women's alumni group has captured gold medals in four (1980 - USA, 2002, 2006 & 2010 - Canada), silver in two (2002 & 2010 - USA) and bronze in one (2006 - USA) Olympic games.

In five consecutive Olympics, at least one Badger has been captain or assistant captain for Team USA, including Chris Chelios, who was captain in 1998, 2002 and 2006, and Brian Rafalski and Ryan Suter, who were both alternate captains in 2010. Suter is against alternate captain in 2014. John Taft also captained the 1976 U.S. team. In 2014, Meghan Duggan was tapped as captain of the women's team.

In addition, former Badgers have been head coaches of the teams in 1976 (Bob Johnson) and 2010 (Mark Johnson). And several have served as assistant coaches including Tony Granato (USA) and Carla MacLeod (Japan) this year, as well as Grant Standbrook (USA) in 1976.