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Desmond made history in Beijing as the first women's luge Olympian from Ireland

A MARTINEZ, HOST:

Good morning. I'm A Martinez. Elsa Desmond made history in Beijing as the first women's luge Olympian to represent Ireland. It's not exactly a typical sport in Ireland, where it rarely gets cold enough for snow, so Desmond started her own luge federation. Impressive as that is, she's also a full-time doctor, and she has to be out of Beijing on Friday because she has to work this weekend. Oh, the burden of being so multi-talented - it's a heavy one. I know it well. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.