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    Athlete profile: Cammy Myler

    Posted: Tue February 3, 1998 at 5:00 PM ET

    Athlete information
    NameCammy Myler
    CountryUnited States
    BirthplacePlattsburgh, New York
    ResidenceLake Placid, New York
    Height/Weight5'8", 150
    EventsWomen's Singles

    Athlete notes

    The US flag bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics, Myler has had to bear much grief the past four years...her 38-year-old brother, Tim, passed away soon after the Games after a long battle with cancer..."I think that luge has probably been one of the few constants in my life, especially of the past five years or so," says Myler. "In 1994, right after the Games, Tim died and then my parents separated after that, so essentially I felt like I was losing my family over the course of a pretty short period of time. So luge has been something that has been fairly constant in my life"...Nagano will be Myler's fourth Olympics -- in an often frustrating, injury-plagued career (four knee surgeries, two shoulder surgeries)...she is often on the cusp of a medal -- fifth at the 1992 Albertville Olympics; fourth at the 1995 World Championships in Lillehammer...the fourth place was bittersweet -- coming on the same track where she finished 11th at the '94 Games..."Those Olympics were so emotional for me," says Cammy, "with my brother, carrying the flag. I dislocated my left shoulder right before the Olympic season so I was not ready to do what I wanted to on the track"...after the Games, Myler had surgery on the shoulder...Myler was "astounded" by her selection as flag bearer in Lillehammer..."It certainly rivals the times I've won medals in World Cup competitions because that was something special that your teammates elect you," says Myler. "I was sort of torn between wanting to burst into tears and grin the entire time. I was really excited and very emotional because my parents and my brother weren't there at the Olympics with me. My brother was very sick at the time [in an Albany, New York hospital] so they weren't able to be in Norway so I was very excited they were gonna be able to see me back home"...soon after Tim passed away, Myler found her carthasis in art -- taking a class at Dartmouth...she now paints regularly -- providing her an emotional outlet she needed...while she has always been academic -- she has a collection of over 1,000 books -- luge has been her lifelong major..."I basically started luging because my brother was involved in the sport and then my parents became involved," recalled Cammy. "They volunteered at the Olympics here in Lake Placid in 1980 and there was a training program right after in which I participated [a camp that also introduced Duncan Kennedy to luge]. My brother actually didn't make the [1980] Olympic team, so it was pretty exciting for him that I did [in 1988]"...Myler had been an accomplished kayaker -- winning two gold medals as a teenager at New York's Empire State Games...kayaking remains a part of her off-season training...but at age 16, she became the youngest person to capture a US luge senior championship and then competed at the Calgary Olympics three years later, finishing ninth...entering this Olympic season, Myler is finally healthy...indeed, Myler won the first World Cup Events of the year in Sigulda, Latvia -- a track on which she has historically favored well...she believes the US team has benefited from its fall training on the 2002 Olympic track in Park City, Utah..."I would say Park City is the fastest track in the world," says Myler, whose speed on the new track approached 82 miles per hour from the women's start and 87 mph from the higher men's start..."The program in the US has definitely come a long way in the past 15 years," says Myler. "One of the reasons is because we've had really lots of help from our sponsors"...money from Bell Atlantic allowed US Luge to compete regularly on the World Cup circuit for the first time in the mid-1980s; Nynex established street luge fairs in which many of America's top doubles sliders started; and York International built an indoor refrigerated start facility in Lake Placid in 1990...Myler spent much of the past decade taking courses at Dartmouth, piecemeal acquiring credits, until she graduated two years ago...now, Myler eyes law school..."I think one reason I decided on law was to enable me to stay involved with the luge association and the USOC (United States Olympic Committee) and some issues with sport I think I can make a difference in," explains Cammy...Myler's uncle, Michael Luce, was a bobsled pusher at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble -- finishing 11th in the two-man and 15th in the four-man...for the 1980 Olympics, Luce made the front page of the Daily News for carrying the torch into New York City...Myler is applying to law school...

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