Elsa Desmond makes Irish history in luge at Beijing Olympics

Doesn’t matter.

The first women’s luge Olympian from Ireland feels like she’s already prevailed.

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Desmond won’t be in China for long, with good reason. She competed on Monday in the opening night in the women’s luge event, returns to finish the race on Tuesday, then flies out Friday and plans to return to work in Ireland on Saturday — as a doctor, who delayed parts of her internship to chase down a spot in the Olympics.

Elsa Desmond, of Ireland, slides during the luge women's singles run 1 at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Elsa Desmond, of Ireland, slides during the luge women’s singles run 1 at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 7, 2022, in the Yanqing district of Beijing.(AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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