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Newport’s Mimi Wiencke, 24, is the top ranked women’s alpine snowboard racer in the country and is America’s most promising Olympic hopeful in two events - the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom - for 2014. (Photo courtesy of Keri Pickett)

The race for Sochi: Newport resident Mimi Wiencke is top U.S. Olympic hopeful snowboarder

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In 1998, Mimi Wiencke made it her goal to go to the Olympics someday. This month, Wiencke starts the home stretch of a journey she hopes will end in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Games.

Wiencke, 24, is the top ranked women's alpine snowboard racer in the country and is America's most promising Olympic hopeful in two events — the parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom — for 2014.

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Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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