Nebraskan trains for the U.S. Bobsled Team

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Olympic dreams come in all shapes and sizes. For one Nebraska woman – her first real test was unforgettable.

This summer, former Wayne State track star Nicole Brungardt pushed herself like never before.

“I always thought it was weird I love the snow, but it was for a reason.”

Based on her speed and power, she made the bobsledding North American Team and a chance to compete for a spot on the Olympic Team.

“Bobsledding never crossed my mind,” said Brungardt.

Before the whirlwind of training and competition, we should point out, Brungardt had never been in a bobsled.

The Norfolk native picked up the sport quickly, describing the bobsled as a rocket on skis. In her first race on the circuit in Whistler, British Columbia – she crashed.

It was her first official race and her first crash. She was bruised, but OK.

Then, in Calgary, Nicole Brungardt placed fourth and then, got gold – the fastest on the track.

The pilot was the same women she was with in the crash.

Nicole Brungardt continues to compete for the third spot on the Olympic Team, a decision on that will be made in January.

Her pursuit of an Olympic dream, she says, has been everything she could imagine and more.

The Winter Olympics air right here on WOWT NBC Omaha in February.