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Sochi, Russia -- Now that it's race week, Ohio native Kelly Gunther is gearing up for the 1000 meter long-track event.

Nearly four years ago, a double compound fracture to her ankle could have ended Gunther's career.

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But a team of doctors, physical therapists and athletic trainers helped put her back on the ice.

The entire medical team is from the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and they are all with her in Sochi.

To see Kelly competing is a dream come true for all those who supported her, including Dr. Bill Moreau, the Managing Director of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

"When I see her I just think there's a person that I would like the entire United States to know, because she represents what I think Americans are looking for in an Olympian. She's got a can-do, get-it-done spirit. She just has a wonderful heart to her."

Gunther has been practicing daily for her big race. The 1000 meter long-track will last just over a minute for the win, and is at 6 p.m. Sochi time on Thursday.

Gunther was born in Lorain, Ohio. She now attends Salt Lake Community College and is pursuing a career in early childhood education.

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