Desmond made history in Beijing as the first women's luge Olympian from Ireland Elsa Desmond, who's also a doctor, started her own luge federation in Ireland. She leaves Beijing on Friday because she has to fly back home so she can work this weekend.

Desmond made history in Beijing as the first women's luge Olympian from Ireland

Desmond made history in Beijing as the first women's luge Olympian from Ireland

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Elsa Desmond, who's also a doctor, started her own luge federation in Ireland. She leaves Beijing on Friday because she has to fly back home so she can work this weekend.

A MARTINEZ, HOST:

Good morning. I'm A Martinez. Elsa Desmond made history in Beijing as the first women's luge Olympian to represent Ireland. It's not exactly a typical sport in Ireland, where it rarely gets cold enough for snow, so Desmond started her own luge federation. Impressive as that is, she's also a full-time doctor, and she has to be out of Beijing on Friday because she has to work this weekend. Oh, the burden of being so multi-talented - it's a heavy one. I know it well. It's MORNING EDITION.

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