North Texan hopes to represent Puerto Rico at the Olympics – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

North Texas skeletal athlete Kellie Delka began chasing her Olympic dream more than ten years ago. With less than a month left until the Winter Olympics in Beijing, she is on the verge of reaching it.

“I always say to myself when I walk, not if I walk, because I need to manifest that it happens,” Delka.

Delka has competed in Europe and collected points to qualify for the Olympics.

For the past four seasons, Collinsville native and UNT graduate have represented Puerto Rico.

“I had a great opportunity to move to Puerto Rico and represent them. They are trying to build their own winter league,” Delka explained. She has lived full time in Puerto Rico for several years.

Competing for a small nation has been challenging. “I drive across Europe alone. I book my plane tickets, my hotels, my cars. I drive alone for races. It’s a different experience. I do not really have a teammate,” said Delka.

But training for a winter sport in a tropical paradise has its benefits.

“Luckily I have a beautiful beach to run on so I can’t complain too much,” she joked.

Family and friends back in North Texas have continued to support Delka’s Olympic journey, especially financially. Without them, she says, he could not have gotten this far in the sport.

“There are so many people who have been so kind to me and helped me.” In a few weeks, Delka hopes to prove it’s all worth it.

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