Nightly News | February 18, 2014
>>> finally from here tonight, the story of an american bobsledder who like others here found a second life in that sport. her name is jasmine fenlater. and with her partner lolo jones , she's competing in women's bobsled tonight. her biggest supporter is watching the coverage very carefully, our report tonight from nbc's anne thompson .
>> reporter: hurdling down a mountain track at 85 miles an hour, riding a bobsled is a gas, between aggression and finesse.
>> you need to adapt and change and get back on the line.
>> reporter: jasmine's 28 years is a story about a patient. as a child she dreamed of dancing her way to the olympics.
>> at 6 years old, saying i'm going to write to a congressman to tell him he needs to put darns in the olympics. my mom's like, whatever you want , whatever you think you can do, i'll support you.
>> reporter: her mom's support would be there all her life.
>> are you adopted? no, that's my mom. why don't you look like her? she's white, my dad's black and i'm brown. i don't understand why you don't understand.
>> reporter: the dancing child became a teenaged track star. her skills set wouldn't get her to the summer games . her college coach recommended jasmine to the u.s. bobsled team.
>> had you been on the bobsled before?
>> never. i never saw one up close, all i knew was "cool runnings."
>> this daughter of a jamaican man got a tryout for the squad but didn't have the $50 a day for room and board.
>> here's a credit card , don't be a woulda, coulda, shoulda.
>> quadruple bypass, two heart attacks and six strokes in the last three years.
>> reporter: and their new jersey home flooded in hurricane irene .
>> the water came right up here.
>> reporter: susan tried not to burden jasmine.
>> she just broke down and said, i've been living in my car for two days, our house is gone, i don't know what to tell you.
>> she's starting to learn i can't lie as well as i used to.
>> what's the purpose of lying?
>> to protect her and keep her on her goal.
>> reporter: the house is repaired but for sale, unable to work, suesen cannot afford it.
>> i think over time i've learned that material things come and go, but my mom will always be my home, wherever she is.
>> reporter: and jasmine's goal remains in tact, the medal stand in sochi, and that perfect dance of finesse and aggression, adapting every step of the way. anne thompson , nbc news, wayne, new jersey.