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Olympic couple visits Northwest Iowa post Sochi 2014 games


HAWARDEN, Iowa (KTIV) - From Vancouver, to Sochi... to Hawarden, Iowa.

"The thing is, we're on the road a lot. I was gone this year from the first of October to the fourteenth of April. But it's not like you know that ahead of time, it just sort of worked out that way," Brian Gregg, 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics competitor said.

Team Gregg races across the countryside in a pair of skis, and travels across the world to do what they love, with the person they love.

"We have these crazy travel schedules. People see us at the games and see us celebrating and having so much fun, but the truth is that it takes a lot of discipline, a lot of sacrifice," Caitlin Gregg, 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics competitor said.

Brian and Caitlin Gregg are a couple of Olympic competitors, with some Northwest Iowa ties.

Brian is the son of former Hawarden resident Jim Gregg, and they still have a lot of family in the area, so they made a stop at the Hawarden Golf Course to say hello to their biggest Northwest Iowa fans.

"They're just overtaken by the support that they're seeing here today. It's phenomenal. One doesn't realize, 'well how will that make an athlete perform better?' But it's all part of the big picture," Jim Gregg, Brian Gregg's father said.

Caitlin got sixth place in the team sprint ski event in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. Brian ttraveledto Sochi, Russia as a part of the U.S. Ski Team in the 2014 Olympics and competed in the cross country events.

"It's been a dream of mine since I was 15 years old, I set the goal of going to the Olympics," Brian Gregg said.

"We both come away with being an Olympic couple, which is pretty unique, and we can kind of share and compare and contrast our experiences," Caitlin Gregg said.

The training and ttravelingschedule of an Olympian is certainly no cake walk. But Team Gregg says the support they get in unexpected places, like the HHawardenGolf Course, is what makes it all possible.

"You know, it's these moments afterward that kind of continue the journey, that we can travel together and we can speak to those who supported us," Caitlin Gregg said.

And both Brian and Caitlin say their one-of-a-kind Olympic relationship helps lighten the load as they both go for the gold.

"One of the best parts about what we do is that we get to do it together. Having your husband or wife out on the road with you, or out at a training regime with you, is probably one of the greatest parts of what we do," Caitlin Gregg said.

Brian Gregg agreed. "We're on the road a lot of times together, and we just make wherever we are, home."

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