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Sometimes you have to lick your brother's ear to win a medal.

Sinead and John Kerr

Ronda Kaysen: How icky is it to dance the tango with your brother? Not as icky as you might think. Of the 23 ice-dancing pairs competing in Vancouver this week, four of them are brother-sister pairs. And with the hot and steamy tango being a requirement, these ice-dancing siblings will make eyes at each other in ways most siblings never imagine.

British ice dancers Sinead and John Kerr have simulated an impassioned kiss and, for a honky-tonk number, get in a position that deserves a place in the "Kama Sutra."

How do they make it work? "On the ice, we don't think of each other as brother and sister," John told the Wall Street Journal.

That's one option.

Chris Reed, who's dancing for Japan with his sister, Cathy, has a different strategy. "Our coach told us to envision someone else's head is there," he said. (Chris, please don't tell me whose head you're imagining.)

Ice-dancing teams have very intimate relationships. They spend long hours together, and the success of their careers is entirely dependent upon each other. These siblings must be very close. Obviously they get over the fact that they're related, and just go on training to be the best ice dancers in the world.

Chris and Cathy's mom says don't blame her for the fact that her kids are teamed up. "It was just the luck of the ice-dance coach that put them together," she said. Another Reed sibling, Allison, is competing for the country of Georgia with a partner who is not her brother.

Olympic athletes make lots of sacrifices to get that far in their careers. But it takes quite an athlete to be able to put aside the fact that her brother just felt her up -- or that his sister just simulated licking his ear -- and go for the gold.

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