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Bozeman Native Trains for Sochi Winter Olympics

The 2014 Winter Olympics are less than two months away.

Right now, the top athletes in the world are training and competing for the chance to make it to Sochi, Russia. 

Heather McPhie, 29, is an Olympic freestyle mogul skier and one of only three Montanans on the U.S. Ski Team.

After three World Cup wins in the 2012-2013 ski season, Heather McPhie is now ranked third in the world in freestyle moguls. 

But, like many great achievements, McPhie said it didn't come easy.

"The last Olympic cycle, I was a total dark horse, nobody really expected me to go, I was 27th in the world, so it was really just a fairy tale and I flew right under the radar," she explained.

She earned 18th at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, but McPhie says the experience inspired her to push herself even farther. 

"I feel like it brings the world together for something so positive, I thought, man, I want to come back and be more ready."

McPhie is a former gymnast-- a sport she was never passionate about. 

"I had a lot of confidence issues growing up, I'm not quite sure why, I come from a fantastic home."

After she finished her time in the gym, McPhie developed a love for mogul skiing.

Her parents were ski instructors, and signed her up for the Bridger Freestyle Ski Team.

"When I first started, I think it was almost to prove people wrong, I always loved to ski, I always loved to be on the mountain, but I was very, very bad at what I do," she said.

No matter where she's skiing in the world, McPhie says she's usually wearing her Montana necklace and belt buckle, and is proud to tell people she's from Bozeman.

"And I think as cheesy as it sounds, a part of me will always be in Montana."

McPhie said it's tough to balance training with the rest of her life.

But, McPhie said she harnesses her passion for the sport, and pushes herself to make her goals.

"And you have trained… so hard… for 30 seconds or less."

The dream has always been to win gold, but McPhie says she can't control her competitors' performance, or how the judges score her run.

All she can do, is ski. 

"I imagine coming across the finish line, feeling like I just did everything that I'm possibly capable of."

Team USA skiers are vying for 26 overall freestyle spots.

While her odds of making the team look good, the International Olympic Committee will not officially choose the Olympic team until January.

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