UO student in Winter Olympics: 'It's something really special'

EUGENE, Ore. -- After years of training and thousands of trips down the slopes, Oregon's own Laurenne Ross is headed for Sochi to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"Everybody's going absolutely crazy," said Ross. "It's something really special to have all my friends, all my fans back home in Oregon cheering me on and actually being able to watch."

The 25-year-old Bend resident has been skiing almost since she started walking.

In 2009, the University of Oregon art major joined the World Cup Circuit. Two years later, she joined the world cup team.

Now she's one of the many other talented Americans reporesenting her country at the Olympic level.

"We have all come into this season with a lot of confidence. It's really cool to be part of such an awesome, fast team," Ross said.

Ross's father was a ski racer and her grandfather has also competed at an Olympic level. Even though skiing runs in the family, Ross knows about the hard work needed to be a world-class athlete.