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Freeskier Overcomes Lyme Disease To Make Olympic Team04:39

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Being named to the U.S. Olympic Team completes a remarkable comeback for a pro skier from Bellingham, Washington. Angeli VanLaanen overcame Lyme disease and a three year hiatus for treatment to punch her ticket to Sochi in ski halfpipe.

Lyme disease is an unusual diagnosis in the Pacific Northwest, according to area health departments. That may be why VanLaanen's strength-sapping symptoms went misdiagnosed for more than a decade. From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Tom Banse of Northwest News Network has her story.


This segment aired on February 6, 2014.

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