Making her Olympic debut in the 500m and 3000m relay... Grew up outside Milwaukee, near one of the national team training centers... Started in short track after her mom saw a flier at the rink... Moved to Salt Lake City to train with the national team in 2007, before she had finished high school... Competing in her first Olympic trials in September 2009, Dudek says she was able to stay calm and that enabled her to skate well.
As the pilot for the USA-1 bobsled, I broke a 62-year gold medal drought when my sled, the 'Night Train" won the Olympic title at the 2010 Vancouver Games. A degenerative eye condition nearly caused me to quit my sport in 2008, but corrective surgery restored my vision to 20-20.