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

North Texas skeleton athlete Kellie Delka began pursuing her Olympic dream more than a decade ago. With less than a month to go before the Beijing Winter Olympics, she’s about to get there.

“I always tell myself when I’m going, not if I’m going, because I have to show that it’s happening,” Delka.

Delka competed in Europe, compiling points to qualify for the Olympics.

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

“I had an incredible opportunity to move to Puerto Rico and represent them. They are trying to create their own winter federation,” Delka explained. She has lived full-time in Puerto Rico for several years.

Competing for a small nation was tough. “I drive through Europe on my own. I book my flights, my hotels, my cars. I drive alone to races. It’s a different experience. I don’t really have team camaraderie,” Delka said.

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

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

Family and friends in North Texas continued to support Delka’s Olympic journey, including financially. Without them, she says he couldn’t have come this far in the sport.

“There are so many people who have been so nice to me and helped me.” Within weeks, Delka hopes to prove that it was all worth it.

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