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Great Falls Family Supports Niece, Team USA's Heather McPhie

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"So this is Heather, and it's from the Olympics four years ago in Vancouver."

Kendra and Arnie Owen have all the pictures and souvenirs, but watching in person from the bottom of the hill as their niece Heather McPhie skied in the Olympic Games, is something they will cherish forever.

"To see her fulfill that amazing dream and to have it come on so suddenly and to be there with my sister and brother in law, Heather's parents, was just spectacular," Kendra says.

The Owens have watched as Heather progressed from beginner to Olympia. They watched as she finished 18th in the moguls in Vancouver, a brief rough patch on her final run keeping her from placing much higher.

"She did a mis-landing, a little bit on her tails on the second air," Arnie says.

The Owens also watched as Heather attempted to make it back to the Olympics for a second time…

"We were at 3 of the 6 World Cup Events so we got to spend some good time with her," Kendra recalls.

So imagine their excitement when they saw she was named to Team USA again.

"Just thrilled that they would take four women, because the women were so strong... so it as pretty obvious they really liked Heather," Arnie says.

Because of various factors, including possible safety issues in Russia, a lot of Heather's extended family won't be making the trip.

"I think her sister is going to have the ability to use her cell phone over there, we're assuming," Arnie says.

So they are making sure Heather will hear their support…

"Go Heather... Go Team USA... Go Heather..."

Cheering her on like they have for so long now, only this time, the bottom of the hill is a little further away.

And the Owens were cheering for Heather as she participated in the first qualifying round for the Freestyle Moguls event today in Sochi. Heather finished in 14th place, and will have a chance to qualify again for the finals on Saturday.