Military athletes serve US at Olympics

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Propelled down an icy slide, feet first at 80 miles per hour.

Sgt. Taylor Morris; U.S. Army World Class Athlete >> "It's pretty wild out there."

A sport that not many know about.

Sgt. Emily Sweeny; New York National Guard >> "Luge is a Winter Olympic sport. We are sliding on our backs on a sled that's a little smaller than we are. It's kind of like ultimate sledding."

Sergeant Emily Sweeney, Sergeant Matt Mortensen and Sergeant Taylor Morris are all part of the Army's World Class Athlete Program.
This program allows reserve and active duty soldiers to continue service while training for elite-level athletic competition.

Sgt. Matt Mortensen >> "Honestly without the World Class Athlete Program - or WCAP, as we call it - I wouldn't have been able to continue my life as an athlete."

Sweeney says joining the National Guard has truly helped in her in career.

Emily >> "The support that the National Guard has given me has been great. It's allowing us to do our dream that we've had from a young age while also giving us another career to work for."

And for any soldier interested in pursuing an athletic career,

Taylor >> "I would say to the future soldiers that want to be athletes, just keep your eye on the prize, that anything is possible and if you can work hard enough and that you can go through, the outlets that you can, find those doors, open them and see what's behind them."

This is Julia Laude reporting.