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LEXINGTON, Ky (LEX 18) Every fourth year, Lexington's Laura McKinney can remember the 80s as if they were yesterday. 

"Oh yeah! I mean it's always exciting," said Laura McKinney, sister of Tamarra McKinney.  "You could look at one of Tamara's old races when she's in the starting gate, and it's like it just happened."

Laura remains in Lexington, running the family's horse farm, while her sister, Tamara, works in real estate on the west coast. Tamara is a three-time Olympian who once adorned the cover of Time Magazine. 

Every opening ceremony still gives her the same rush as a run in Lake Placid did. 

"It is very inspiring to see the competitors and nations marching," said Tamara. Tamara was the winner of four World Cup titles and just missed the Olympic Medal Platform in 1984.

Her sister Laura says that keeping up with the older siblings helped Tamara become the athlete she was. 

"All of those years probably toughened me up," said Tamara. Tamra was the youngest in a family of competitive skiers. Laura said that slope was the babysitter. 

"When she was really little they didn't even make ski boots small enough for her," said Laura.

"It's what we did as a family and what we loved to do," said Tamara. 

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