Chicago teen finds herself an Olympic hopeful

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CHICAGO -- 13-year-old Joan Kemper rides horses, likes to run, plays softball, and can even navigate surf and snowboards pretty well. And in the not too distant future, she may be able to add junior Olympian to her resume.

The luge is not a sport she`s really ever tried, but one experts think she might be good at -- thanks to her dad Bo, who caught an ad for a slider search in the paper this past summer.

And so on a bright morning this past May, Kemper and about 50 other kids from around the area met Olympic athletes in west suburban Westmont to test their skills, as the U.S. Luge Association searched for future Olympians.

Scared but excited the Chicago eighth grader has been for the last few months, working out, prepping for her trip to Muskegon, Michigan, and screening for the junior Olympic development team.

600 kids participated in the slider searches nationwide this summer. Less than 20 percent were invited to trials.

If Kemper makes it, the Olympics are a real possibility. The majority of the current luge team started in the junior Olympics, including last year`s bronze medal winner, Erin Hamlin.

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