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An Olympic life and 7 vital minutes at Sochi Games

Updated: March 27, 2013, 12:06 PM ET
Associated Press

CERGY, France -- For Florent Amodio, it may be now or never.

The French figure skater was just 19 at his first Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, in 2010, old enough to appreciate the experience but not at his peak as an athlete. He placed 12th.

Now 22, he will be nearly 28, "a little bit too old," when the winter games travel to Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018.

Which makes Sochi his big one.

For the 2011 European champion, the Olympiad in Russia next February represents ...

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