For Kip Janvrin, the Olympic games are not about a medal or an endorsement deal but, instead, about the experience. The 35-year-old Panora native will take part in his first Olympics next week when the decathlon competition begins.Janvrin was considered a long shot to make the U-S squad and he is realistic about his chances to medal. He says he is past his prime and a medal is unlikely.Janvrin says earning a spot on the U-S team confirmed to him that all the hard work was worth it. He says it took a long time to get on the Olympic team and says he thought he wouldn’t ever get the chance after missing the team in 1996.Janvrin says during the Olympics’ opening ceremonies, it settled in that he was at the Olympics.The decathlon competition is September 27th and 28th.
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