The Olympics bring the world together and sometimes put politics on the playing field. The Sochi Winter Games promise both. Russia’s treatment of the LGBT community has prompted outcry, resulting in Obama appointing gay athletes to the U.S. opening ceremony delegation and the German Olympic team sporting rainbow uniforms. But Sochi also guarantees a fresh look at the world’s best athletes. Watch out for Slovenian skier Tina Maze, who causes a stir on and off the slopes, 15-year-old American figure-skating wonder Polina Edmunds and Japan’s half-pipe king (and next Shaun White?) Taku Hiraoka.