MILWAUKEE - It's a journey that started three years ago when the flame went out in Vancouver. Now the Olympic torch glows again, this time headed for Sochi, Russia.
But first -- a stop in Brew City.
The US Speedskating Team arrives in Milwaukee this week for an intensive training camp to get skaters ready for international competition.
This year 15 skaters come to Milwaukee's Pettit Ice Center, among them former Olympians and Wisconsin natives.
Mitch Whitmore, who qualified for the games in 2010, grew up in Waukesha. He tells TODAY'S TMJ4 he's got his sights on gold. "The first time I didn't expect to make it, so this year I can focus on the game itself, and I'm more mature now."
Like Whitmore, Wauwatosa's own Sugar Todd boasts a lot of Milwaukee pride. The 23-year-old, though, has never skated in the Olympics..yet.
"It's what I've been dreaming of since I was eight," Todd tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "It's a big goal, but I'm getting closer."
The team spends most time training in Salt Lake City but always makes a trip to Pettit. This year, in particular, has special significance: Milwaukee sits at sea-level just like Sochi.
Team USA coach Ryan Shimabukuro says Milwaukee gives athletes an opportunity to get used to the different breathing and air patterns they'll experience in Russia, as opposed to the mountainous terrain of their training home in Utah.