American Swaney chases Olympic dreams...for Venezuela

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The daughter of a Venezuelan mother, Liz Swaney hopes her heritage can help get her to the Olympics.

The daughter of a Venezuelan mother, Liz Swaney hopes her heritage can help get her to the Olympics.

While Swaney has no Venezuelan opponents to beat out to make the national Olympic team, she still must earn one of the limited spots at Sochi. To qualify for Olympic competition, athletes in both halfpipe and skeleton must earn a requisite amount of points, which they acquire by competing in events throughout the season.

Swaney's dual-sport identity is reflected in her car's license plate as well.

Swaney's dual-sport identity is reflected in her car's license plate as well.

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