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Shelley Osterloh ReportingIt's rare that a husband and wife compete together at an elite international level, but there is one Park City couple that races in the skeleton, and now they have a son who has taken up the family sport.
Forty-one year old Brady Canfield Is on the US National Skeleton team, along with his wife, 39-year old Felicia. They are forerunners for the Western Regional Championships -- a competition for young sliders trying to get on the national team -- and one of them is their 16-year old son Sterling.
The Canfields met in college, both cheerleaders, and started a family. He joined the Air Force as a physicist and while stationed in upstate New York Brady tried the skeleton at Lake Placid. Now he's in the Air Force World Class Athlete Training Program.
Brady Canfield, US Skeleton Slider: “Which allows me to train full time and still represent the Air Force, and slide and compete to try and make the Olympic team next year.”
Felicia says she started out just learning about skeleton to support Brady. But it wasn't long before she too was on the ice. And while Brady was off racing, she took care of the three kids and got a law degree from the University of Utah.
Brady Canfield, US Skeleton Slider: “She did a lot of it on her own, kind of a Wonder Woman thing.”
Felicia's law firm -- Fabian And Clendenon -- gives her time off in the winter to compete.
The Canfields are the second husband and wife team to compete at a world cup level. Just last month they became the first and only couple to both win gold at an America's Cup event. Now they are both hoping to make the 2006 Olympic team.
Felicia Canfield, US Skeleton Slider: “I can only speculate that it would just be an amazing dream come true.”
And their son Sterling is well on his way.
Sterling Canfield: "I'm thinking maybe 2014."
He seems to have the makings to be a success in the family business. Sixteen-year old Sterling has two more days of racing at the Utah Olympic Park. The Western Regional Championships continue tomorrow and Saturday and the Canfields will be there to support him and the other young racers trying to get on the National team.