Nightly News | January 15, 2014
>>> and finally tonight, as we round the corner toward the winter olympic games with just a few weeks until the competition begins in sochi , in russia, the teams are getting set, travel plans are being made for the athletes who make the cut. it turns out one of those athletes made the american team in a most unusual way. and it is a true example of what we call the olympic spirit . our story tonight from our nbc's christi chris jansing .
>> reporter: the dream was the same for both of them, to compete. they both made the team back in 2006 .
>> we both made the team, we're definitely glad that both of us or here.
>> reporter: now, eight years later, tracy was facing exactly that dilemma, what if just one sister could go to sochi . at the qualifiers, she lost her spot and thought her chances were over. by tracy had other ideas, deciding lanny would go to sochi , instead.
>> she is my best friend, she deserves to go, she is having a great year. and i think when you care enough about someone you're willing to make that sacrifice, even if it means giving your dream so they can recognize theirs.
>> reporter: it was an inspiring act of selflessness.
>> this is really partially a love story between two sisters.
>> reporter: for 32 years, they have been nearly inseparable, fierce competitors who leave their rivalry on the course. by phone, we called lanny, she got emotional telling her story.
>> it was one of those moments that i think changed my life forever. and you know, i don't know how or where you begin to thank someone for something like that. she basically gave me a second chance.
>> reporter: tracy is asking fans for just one thing in return? to cheer for her sister.
>> be behind her, she will do great things, it will be exciting.
>> reporter: she certainly will, chris jansing , nbc, new york.