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Bend's Tommy Ford will race in the giant slalom in PyeongChang

Ford learned to ski and race at Mount Bachelor.
SOELDEN, AUSTRIA - OCTOBER 23: Tommy Ford of USA at the start during the Audi FIS Alpine Ski World Cup Men's Giant Slalom on October 23, 2016 in Soelden, Austria (Photo by Michel Cottin/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)

BEND, Oregon. -- Tommy Ford, who first hit the mountain at age 2, is headed to the PyeongChang Olympics in the giant slalom.

Ford learned to ski and race at Mount Bachelor.

He took four golds at the 2006 Junior Championships, then scored World Cup points that propelled him to the giant slalom at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He finished 26th.

An injury suffered while recreational skiing cost him a trip to Sochi.

Photos: Tommy Ford's road to PyeongChang

According to U.S. Ski and Snowboard, Ford is biggest Wu Tang Clan fan in the Pacific Northwest.

He is one of four PyeongChang athletes from Bend. Ben Ferguson will compete in halfpipe, Laurenne Ross in alpine skiing and Kent Callister, will compete in halfpipe for Australia.

Ford is also one of 15 PyeongChang athletes with ties to Dartmouth University.

Sources: NBC Sports, Team USA and U.S. Ski & Snowboard

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