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Bloomington's Keri Herman smiles through Olympic debut

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The women's freeskiing slopestyle featuring Minnesotan Keri Herman has been completed. NBC will broadcast the event on tape-delay beginning at 3 p.m. today. Results of the event are below. 

Keri Herman's debut at the Sochi Olympics left the Bloomington native with a smile on her face. Her results, however, were not what she was hoping for.

According to the Pioneer Press, the 31-year-old had a difficult time during her two qualifying runs, struggling to land tricks on mushy snow after launching into the air off moguls.

Herman said she nearly threw up when she got to the top of the hill just before making her Olympic debut.

"I'm pretty sure I was hit with every single possible emotion that you could ever have at the top. I almost threw up," she said. "I thought, 'What is going on? I don't know how to handle that.'"

Despite finishing out of medal contention in 10th place, Herman left with a positive attitude.

"It's just really exciting to be out here, representing America, trying to make everyone proud and to just have as much fun as I can," she said.

Herman doesn't live in Minnesota anymore. She calls Breckenridge, Colorado her home now. But while the skiing is fruitful, she, like many other Olympic athletes, is finding it hard to make a living off her favorite sport.

"I can't get a sponsor. I can't get an agent. I've been told — over and over — I'm too old," the 30-year-old explained to the Denver Post shortly after qualifying for the Olympics. "Everyone says they don't care about the Olympics and they want to base their team around younger athletes."

She declined to name the uninterested sponsors, but continued: "It's so frustrating for me because I can win. I can do everything that I should be doing as a pro and I'm struggling. It's so hurtful and it's so hard. I need to find another job."

Herman's Olympics are already over, but she'll remain in Sochi to cheer on the U.S. men's slopestyle team. She also plans on attending Thursday's U.S. men's hockey game against Slovakia. Minnesota Wild star Zach Parise – captain of Team USA – is Herman's good friend, and he provided her with tickets.

Never watched Herman ski a slopestyle course? Check her out qualifying for the Olympics with an amazing run late last year.

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