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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Freeskier Overcomes Lyme Disease To Make Olympic Team

Angeli VanLaanen practices in the superpipe during last week's Winter X Games competition in Aspen, Colo. (Flip McCririck/ESPN Images)

Angeli VanLaanen practices in the superpipe during last week’s Winter X Games competition in Aspen, Colo. (Flip McCririck/ESPN Images)

Being named to the U.S. Olympic Team completes a remarkable comeback for a pro skier from Bellingham, Washington. Angeli VanLaanen overcame Lyme disease and a three year hiatus for treatment to punch her ticket to Sochi in ski halfpipe.

Lyme disease is an unusual diagnosis in the Pacific Northwest, according to area health departments. That may be why VanLaanen’s strength-sapping symptoms went misdiagnosed for more than a decade. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tom Banse of Northwest News Network has her story.

Video: VanLaanen wins run at final U.S. Olympic qualifier, Jan. 18

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