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Bend skier takes silver at Special Olympics

By Mackenzie Wilson
Published On: Feb 13 2013 09:27:35 PM CST

NewsChannel 21's Mackenzie Wilson reports on a Bend skier who took silver in the Special Olympics World Winter Games in South Korea.

A 17-hour flight took Misty Holloman to Pyeongchang, South Korea. She came home with something much shinier than ribbons.

Holloman took silver in the Super G at the Special Olympics World Winter Games.

A surgery stopped her dad and stepmother from making the trip, but they were cheering from the other side of the world.

"I said,'Kevin, she did it, she did it, she did it!" Misty's stepmom, Ann Holloman, said Wednesday.

The 22-year-old was one of 47 American athletes to compete in the games. Only four other Oregonians made Team USA.

"She's a little more confident, holding her head a little higher, so to speak," said Misty's father, Kevin Holloman.

It's hard to believe: Two years ago the now Special Olympics silver medalist had never even been on skis.

"To be honest, at first I thought it was beyond her," Kevin Holloman said.

Holloman says his daughter was afraid of failing, but her stepmom refused to let her sit out.

"Misty, to us, doesn't have a handicap," Ann said. "If you make her feel like she has a handicap, then it's harder and harder for her to live a normal life."

Now, Misty doesn't miss a Sunday at Mount Bachelor. The games are barely over, but like a true Olympic athlete, she's already thinking about next time.

"Yeah! I want to go again," Misty said.

Only next time, she's going for gold.

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