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A personal search of Olympic glory

Updated: April 29, 2010, 5:03 PM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

In 2006, a couple of editors at ESPN The Magazine were sitting around the office watching luge on TV. One of them naively commented, "How hard could that sport be?" A debate ensued. Some sided with the argument that all Olympic sports are insanely difficult. Others weren't so convinced. Then an editor said, "Let's find out." And that's when my life changed.

Two years before the 2008 Beijing Olympics, ESPN gave me a life-changing assignment: Try to qualify for the Olympic ...

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