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For the love of the sport

You think you're going to be living the sweet life of an elite athlete pursuing an Olympic dream ... and the next thing you know, you find yourself in a stranger's house, sleeping in a 4-year-old's bed, decked out with Pirates of the Caribbean sheets. In part 1 of her "London Calling" series, top cyclist Kathryn Bertine writes about her quest to make the London Olympics, and how her occasionally lonely but ultimately gratifying journey has already taken her to some bizarre places.

Updated: March 5, 2011, 5:41 PM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

Elite cyclist Kathryn Bertine is writing about her quest to qualify for the 2012 London Games. In part 1 of her series, Bertine explains how the pursuit of her Olympic dream has led her to some bizarre is-this-my-life situations, like on a night when she found herself in a 4-year-old's Pirates of the Caribbean bed, pondering her place in the universe.

I've spent the past four nights sleeping with Johnny Depp. I'm exhausted. It isn't Depp who's worn me out, though. It's the 150 other ...

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