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Cailin Cermak, 8, and her mother, Chantel Cermak, speed skate on the 1,000-meter oval on Lake Bemidji. Chantel, an Olympic speed skater, is recovering from surgery to repair familial ascending aortic aneurysm and raising awareness of the condition. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Speed skating: Olympian Cermak raises awareness about ascending aortic aneurysm condition

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Chantel Cermak's ascending aortic aneurysm probably started growing when she was in her 20s and a member of the U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Team.

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Cermak skated the 3,000-meter, 1,500-meter and 1,000-meter races for the United States during the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. She just missed making the team by one spot in 1992 and in 1998.

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