SEABROOK, Texas - A local mom and dad are packing, getting ready for a big trip to Sochi. Their daughter is an Olympian and preparing to compete for the U.S. ski team.
Ashley Caldwell's prowess with a pair of skis is matched by few in the world. The 20-year-old freestyle aerialist is now a second-time Olympian.
"I get physically sick. It's really tough as a mom," said her mother, Leslie Caldwell.
The Caldwell's live in Seabrook, but Ashley, groomed for greatness, has been living the life of an elite athlete for the last six years, relentlessly training out of state.
"She really has not been at home full-time with us since she's been 14," Leslie said.
The sacrifices seem to have paid off. Ashley was the youngest Olympian in Vancouver at age 16. She finished 10th. And she is right now one of a handful of women in the world who can execute the vaunted full-full-full.
"That's three flips and three twists, so there's a full twist on every flip," said her father, Mark Caldwell.
"I get a little bit nervous, but I think she's going to do great every time," said Ashley's brother.
As you can imagine, Ashley Caldwell comes from a fairly athletic family -- her father is a former quarterback for Clemson.
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