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Twelve Year Old Setting Sights on Olympics

Twelve Year Old Setting Sights on Olympics

Posted - Feb. 2, 2004 at 4:42 p.m.



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Shelley Osterloh Reporting About 400 children from Utah and from Moscow, Russia are competing this week in a variety of winter sporting events. Many of these kids dream of one day being at the Olympics, but one 12-year old Park City girl knows firsthand what it’s like to make it to the Games and win a medal. She watched her older brother do it.

The day Joe Pack won a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics, Park City celebrated. The kid who played football at Park City High and grew up skiing the local resorts had made it to the podium in Freestyle Aerials. But Joe is not the only Pack who can fly high.

We spotted 11-year old Rachel Pack a year and half ago training at the Utah Olympic Park. Now 12, Joe's little sister will compete this Wednesday in the Moscow Utah Games. This weekend Rachael was at Deer Valley to cheer for her big brother at the World Cup.

Rachael Pack: " I know there's going to five American girls competing, and it’s going to be pretty hard competing against them.”

Even big brother is impressed.

Joe Pack, Olympic Silver Medalist: "Yea I think she's going to be all right, she has degree of difficulty herself. You'll have to check it out."

Joe's advice to little sis?

Rachael Pack: "Go a little bit higher, try your hardest, and stick it."

Her dad says she just might make it.

Jim Pack, Rachael and Joe's Father: "She is really looking forward to Vancouver in 2010. She has her sights set on that. I'm sure she will make it and it will be a good ride for us too. It’s a lot of fun."

Dad is keeping his cheer horn warmed up for Rachael's first international competition at the Moscow Utah Games --- it likely won't be her last. Rachael Pack competes on Wednesday at 11 on the same Deer Valley hill where her brother Joe competed this weekend.

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