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Cle Elum Man Takes Sixth in Olympics Men's Moguls Finals

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For Patrick Deneen, skiing was never a choice. Skiing is in his blood. He first hit the slopes at 11 months old in our neck of the woods, Hyak Resort in Snoqualmie Pass. For Patrick Deneen, skiing was never a choice. Skiing is in his blood. He first hit the slopes at 11 months old in our neck of the woods, Hyak Resort in Snoqualmie Pass.

CLE ELUM, WA - It's a story you'll only see here on NBC Right Now. We sat down with a local Olympian before he competed in this year's winter games.

For Patrick Deneen, skiing was never a choice. Skiing is in his blood. He first hit the slopes at 11 months old in our neck of the woods, Hyak Resort in Snoqualmie Pass.

"We had friends and family on either side of the run, and they'd call my name and that would be enough for me to look and that would turn me, and they'd call my name from the other side and I'd turn and look towards them," said Deneen.

26 years later, Patrick is a two-time Olympian. His life's dream since the third grade.

"He said, well I'm going to go to the Olympics," said Nancy Harcus, Deneen's mother. "He didn't even say he wanted too, he said I'm going to be in the Olympics."

"I never questioned if I was going to go to the Olympics," said Deneen. "I always knew I was going to go to the Olympics."

With his family by his side, and his dad as his coach.

"It's a little nerve-racking sometimes being the dad and the coach," said Pat Deneen.

Deneen excelled in the world of mogul skiing. In 2010, Deneen made his Olympic debut, but it didn't quite go to the way he wanted it too, finishing 19th.


"Ultimately, I was trying to put together a wining run, and I think I had one going until bottom air run," said Deneen. "I landed just two feet too far to the left and that put me right in front of a big mogul and made me crash."

Deneen said he took that as a learning experience, and during the next four World Cups, he made the podium every single time.

The skier said four years of maturing and improving prepared him for Sochi. He fought his way into the finals but couldn't grab a medal. Canada dominated taking the gold and silver, while Patrick took sixth.

"I'm not really excited about my run," said Deneen. "I had some issues and I should have cleaned that up, but sometimes that just happens."

After the Olympics, he'll head back to his family's ranch tucked in the Cascade Mountains, skiing some of the same slopes you are.

We asked the Olympian to give some words of advice to all our viewers, aspiring to achieve something great.

"If you're able to find the thing that you're passionate about, and you're willing to work hard to get to where you want to be, things will come true and dreams do come true," said Deneen.

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