Mark Duncan, Associated Press
Lanny Barnes (242) and Tracy Barnes ski the course during the Women's Biathlon training at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Cesana San Sicario, Italy, in this Thursday, Feb. 9, 2006 file photo. This year, Tracy gave her spot on the 2014 biathlon team to Lanny.

An opportunity to participate in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games is no longer in 31-year-old Tracy Barnes' future, but according to the Durango Herald's John Peel, she considers it an honor to have given her spot on the U.S. biathlon team to her twin sister, Lanny.

“Tracy selflessly gave me her spot and told me to go to Russia and bring her back the medal in the individual. ... I am going to do my best to represent Tracy, Durango and our awesome country and bring home that medal for Tracy," Colorado-native Lanny said in an email to The Durango Herald.

Read the complete article on The Durango Herald, and see a list of the other 2014 biathlon team members on