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U.S. Biathlete Tracy Barnes Gives up Spot in Sochi for Twin Sister

January 14th, 2014 at 5:00 PM
By Cody Dalga

Some people wait an entire lifetime for a shot to represent their home country in the Olympic games. But for biathlete Tracy Barnes, a U.S. Olympian, there was something much more important than representing her country; watching her sister do it.

Barnes' sister, Lanny Barnes, fell ill during the final qualifying races in Italy and ultimately just missed a spot on the U.S. Olympic team being the final participant eliminated. 

"She is my hero and this only shows true selflessness and the Olympic spirit. This has motivated me even more to not only represent my country but to represent her as well,'' Lanny  told The Associated Press in an email.

Both Tracy and Lanny have represented the United State before. Lanny has appeared in the previous two Olympics while Tracy was a part of the team back in 2006. 

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