Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Anna Ringsred needed three tries to make the United States Olympic speedskating team, but the Duluth, Minn. native says it's the two times she failed that helped make her success that much sweeter.
"They say it's about the journey, and I really think that's true," Ringsred said. "The Olympics is going to be great, but it's just one event. I've had so many experiences and met so many people along the way; that's really what I'm going to remember."
"I mean, I'm going to remember the Olympics, too," she continued, laughing. "Don't get me wrong. It's going to be a great experience."
Ringsred qualified for the 2014 Sochi Games in the 3,000-meter speedskating event, and she says she also has a chance to be selected for the team pursuit event.
The 2003 Duluth Marshall graduate says taking two years off from skating following her failure to make the 2010 Olympic team provided her a better perspective on the sport, crediting much of her improved mental attitude to her now-regular meetings with a sports psychologist.
Her preliminary race in the 3,000-meters is scheduled for Feb. 9, which will allow her to participate in the Opening Ceremonies with the United States delegation on Feb. 7.