Elana Meyers parents root for their little Olympian

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Eddie Meyers

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. -- They say it, because it's true.

"It goes by in the blink of an eye, it seriously does," said Eddie Meyers of Douglasville.

For an Olympic bobsledder, after four years of training.

"You're on the ice for four minutes," he said.

On Sunday, Meyers watched as his daughter, Elana Meyers, made the Olympics for the second straight time.

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"I've seen her work, I've seen her train, I've seen the amount of time and effort she's put into it," he said.

And both Meyers' remember how fast it all went the first time.

"It was pretty intense," he said. "I gotta tell ya!"

In 2010 Meyers arrived on the Olympic scene an unknown. She rode in back, and won the bronze.

"We were so thrilled and excited about it; it was unbelievable," her dad said.

For those Games, the whole Meyers clan came out -- even Grandpa in a special jacket.

"There was a period of time where just couldn't sleep," Eddie Meyers said. "That's how excited we were."

But that was a quick trip to Vancouver.

This is a long flight to Russia. Only Elana's parents will make the trip.

"This year it's a limited number, but we're gonna be making as much noise as we did then," he said.

This time, Meyers will race as the sled's driver, which brings much more responsibility. For her to learn that skill, and make the Games again, is already a victory.

This time, as in last, the Meyers clan will fawn over four Olympic minutes, but take parental pride in the four years that led there.

"I'm not sure I've ever seen that focus or work ethic in anybody, at all," Eddie Meyers said. "It's been a lot."

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