Durango biathlete gives Olympic spot to twin sister

Durango biathlete gave up her Olympic spot to her twin Jan. 12, 2014. (Photo: Tracy and Lanny Jones' Facebook page)

Durango biathlete gave up her Olympic spot to her twin Jan. 12, 2014. (Photo: Tracy and Lanny Jones' Facebook page)

DURANGO, Colo. — A Durango biathlete made the Olympic team Sunday, and then gave her spot to her twin sister.

According to the Durango Herald, Tracy Barnes, 31, found out she had earned a trip to Sochi after completing a race in Ridnaun, Italy Sunday. Her twin sister, Lanny Barnes, was unable to compete in the same race because she was ill. This left Lanny with too few trail results to make it onto the team, so Tracey decided to send her sister in her place to the 2014 Olympic Games.

The sisters have always trained together and both had Olympic aspirations, but Tracy said she made the sacrifice because she wanted to see her sister’s Olympic dreams come to fruition.

“It’s just really a self-less thing to do,” Deb Barnes, the sisters’ mother, told the Durango Herald. She added that Tracey was happy with her decision.

Lanny was officially named to the U.S. biathlon team Sunday evening — this will be her third time competing at the Winter Olympic Games.

“Tracy selflessly gave me her spot and told me to go to Russia and bring her back the medal in the individual,” said Lanny. “I am going to do my best to represent Tracy, Durango and our awesome country and bring home that medal for Tracy.”

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