WooHoo! Finally! Some media on Lana Gehring. (For a minute there, I thought news on Lana was going to be as elusive as Garbo…) =D
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By George M. Wilcoxon January 27, 2010 12:51 PM
Glenview native Lana Gehring left the area to pursue her Olympic dream.
The short-track speedskater left Glenbrook South to train full-time at the Olympic training center in Kearns, Utah, which is outside Salt Lake City.
Speedskating has taken Gehring around the world and in 2009 she qualified for the U.S. Team at the Olympic trials at Northern Michigan University in Marquette. The 19-year-old Gehring leaves for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver Feb. 2. She is the third member of the Northbrook Speedskating Club to qualify for the upcoming Olympics, joining long-track skaters Brian Hansen of Glenview and Mitch Whitmore of Waukesha, Wis.
Gehring (pictured above, leading) answered questions via e-mail from staff writer George M. Wilcox:
Q. You’ve qualified for the women’s relay, which starts Feb. 13. Does that mean you will be unable to march in the opening ceremonies Feb. 12?
A: I will be going to the opening ceremonies. It is a once in a lifetime experience that I would not want to miss out on. There is always the option to leave early for people that complete the next day so I will probably do that if anything.
Q: Will you then be able to participate in the closing ceremonies Feb. 28?
A: Yes, I will be able to attend the closing ceremonies as well. We leave the next day so it will be very nice just to relax and appreciate the spirit of the Games.
Q:With Brian Hansen (pictured with Gehring) going in long-track, what are the chances that two athletes with the same age from the same town of Glenview will appear in the same Winter Olympic Games in speed skating?
A: This coincidence is highly unlikely considering how young we both are. In addition, Brian’s sport favors an older age group. We are both very excited with our accomplishments.
Q: You moved from Glenview at age 16 to train full-time in Salt Lake City. Was that hard and how did you adjust being on your own?
A: When I got the opportunity to train with the National Team it was a difficult choice to make. I would have to give up many important things including a great education from Glenbrook South,and my family and friends in order to fulfill my dream of being an Olympian. I have always been very independent so when I made my decision I was determined to make it work. It was a hard sacrifice but it was all worth it when I made the team in September. I have no regrets moving out to Salt Lake, I am very happy with my training and all my improvements over the last couple of years being out here….
To read the rest of the interview and see more photos of Lana, click the photo above to be taken directly to the Pioneer Local website.