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Anna Marno and Mick Dierdorff are two Steamboat Springs athletes aspiring to qualify for the Olympics. Faced with the ever-growing expenses of top-level competition, however, they've turned to internet crowdfunding sites to help pay for their competitive seasons. They said asking friends and relatives to donate hasn't been easy or comfortable, but that they're willing to do what they have to do to realize their dreams.

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Athletes are turning to Internet crowdfunding sites to help keep their dreams afloat

There's nothing easy about trying to make an Olympic team. There's nothing cheap, either, and that's led some local athletes to set up websites asking for donations to help fund their careers.

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