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Sioux City’s Shelby Houlihan Ready to Represent Iowa in Rio Olympics

The Rio Olympics start in less than a week and Sioux City's Shelby Houlihan will be representing Iowa.

Houlihan originally ran at Sioux City East, then became an NCAA champion at Arizona State.

At the U.S. Olympic Trials, the 23-year-old finished second in the 5,000 meters, which punched her ticket to Rio.

Houlihan dreamed of the Olympics since she was a little girl and her parents are thrilled.

"Absolutely amazing, I just feel like pinching myself all the time and shes in the same boat," said Connie Houlihan, Shelby's mother. "She just keeps talking to me and saying 'Mom, I'm an Olympian!' and I'm like I know. It's just so humbling."