by Cindy Klose (WICHITA, Kan)
Four years ago, Kansans had a little more interest than usual in the Olympic games as they followed a local athlete's bid for Gold in Athens, Greece.
Swimmer, Caroline Bruce competed in the 200 Meter Breaststroke, missing the finals by just 65 one-hundredths of a second.
This year, Bruce is sidelined by surgery, and watching the Olympics like the rest of us, on television.
Bruce got two airport welcomes in 2004, when she came home from the Olympic trials as a member of the team and then welcomed back from her races in Athens.
"I'm still in the state where I can't believe I went. You kinda get used to it because people talk about it, but at the same time I can't believe I did what these kids are doing," Bruce told Eyewitness News.
This year, her second shoulder surgery leaves her watching as teammates, friends and friendly rivals compete in Beijing.