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Caitlin Compton of Minneapolis is top American XC skier

Gold medalist and former Minnesotan Lindsey Vonn may get all the glory, but Compton is just as serious athlete an athlete, albeit in a less glamorous sport. Last year we wrote about Compton's push to make the U.S. Olympic team--it hasn't been an easy one.

Unlike Vonn, Compton doesn't have lucrative sponsors. She doesn't get a lot of recognition outside of the world of XC. Her sport doesn't even make prime time television. But Compton persevered--after battling Lyme Disease this summer, she finished 14th at the World Cup in Canmore, Alberta in January. Now, she adds the 30th-place finish to her laurels--not bad when the competition is the world's best. She races again on Friday at 1 p.m. PST.