The Chicago curler’s team had finished fourth in 2002 at Salt Lake City. Sure, that was the best finish for U.S. women since curling became a women’s Olympic medal sport in 1998, but fourth still seems the worst place to finish in an event with three medalists. Swisshelm wanted to get back to the Olympics. In the U.S. curling trials for the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, a winner-takes-all proposition, her team twice finished second, losing the 2006 final by one point in overtime. In this sport where points are scored by sliding rocks across ice into an area called the house, that was like getting soooooooo close to the top of the heap. Or hill. “This is the opportunity you’ve planned for and trained for but it’s still a little unreal that it happened,” Swisshelm said. “At my age, you can imagine how much I respect this is still possible.”
She isn’t too old to rock the Olympics.
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