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Former Olympic bobsledder from eastern Iowa helps select 2014 U.S. team

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NORTH LIBERTY (KWWL) - For Jean Prahm, being a two-time World Cup champion and competing in the Olympics from 1996-2006, started as a dream.

She was 13-years-old when she was recruited to participate in luge, a sliding sport where you travel close to 90 miles per hour on ice.

"But it's all about having a dream, and it starts there and just not losing that focus," says Prahm. "My parents just happen to see an article in the paper saying hey, sign up your kids to come try luge, you never know, they could be the next Olympic hopeful."

She was selected among 25 teens across the country to experience a tryout for the U.S. Junior Development Team.

She competed throughout high school, before making the switch to women's bobsledding, which wasn't an official Olympic sport at the time.

The two-person sport is something Prahm loved. She says sharing the sliding experience with someone else drew her to the sport.

"I'm just so honored to be able to be a part of that, I think that professional sports are fantastic, but I just I really love pureness of the Olympics and that fact that anybody can achieve an Olympic medal if they put their heart and minds to it," says Prahm.

Prahm is now married with three children who are excited to see mom help select this year's U.S. team.

She will travel to Austria to watch teams compete in the World Cup.

"I think the Olympics are such an amazing thing, it's such a pure avenue for athletes to seek greatness," said Prahm.

This story was updated on Jan. 13 at 1:30 p.m. to make the following changes: For Jean Prahm, being a two-time World Cup champion and competing in the Olympics from 1996-2006, started as a dream.

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