Daly climbed the podium in six out of seven European Cup competitions this season, claiming two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals.
“I slide better on tour because I’m relaxed,” said Daly. “My plan for next season is to bring the carefree attitude I have on tour to our national team trials.”
Daly has been on the cusp of making the World Cup team each fall, and has consistently finished each season as one of the top ranked U.S. sliders. The young athlete’s goal for next year will be to make either the World Cup or Intercontinental Cup tour.
“I feel very confident going into next season,” said Daly. “I need to treat trials like every other race I’ve competed in, and carry the momentum from this season into next fall. If I learn to stay calm and manage my nerves, I know I can do well. The U.S. has some of the best sliders in the world. If you can be competitive on this team, then you can be competitive in any competition around the world.”
Daly began sliding skeleton as a teenager after seeing the sport on television, and has divided his time between competing and attending Plattsburgh State University. Daly graduated in 2008 with a degree in public relations and advertising, and plans to spend his summer at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y. to train full time in preparation for the 2009-10 season. Daly will be working with Jason Hartman, the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for the U.S. Olympic Committee in Lake Placid.
“I know I will be a better athlete after this summer, because I’ll be working out with Hartman,” said Daly. “I plan on getting faster and stronger while still having fun.”
In the final European Cup race of the season on Jan. 31 in Cesana, Italy, Daly claimed bronze with a combined time of 1:58.23 after sliding runs of 59.06 and 59.17 seconds. Germans Sebastian Haupt and Alexander Rotte finished first and second, respectively. Hapt slid identical runs of 58.90 seconds for a total time of 1:57.80, while Rotte slid to the finish in 59.07 and 59.14 for a two-run total of 1:58.21.
Haupt claimed the European Cup title with 545 points, and Rotte finished behind Daly for third with 364 points.
In the women’s skeleton, Cassie Revelli (Highland, Utah) led the U.S. team, finishing the season ranked 12th with 200 points in European Cup standings. Revelli finished 11th in the final competition in Cesana with a total time of 2:05.83 after sliding runs of 1:03.10 and 1:02.73.
Rachelle Rasmussen (Belmont, Calif.) completed only her first full season of sliding, finishing the year ranked 19th with 106 points after competing in three European Cup races. Rasmussen slid a combined time of 2:06.09 in Cesana after crossing the finish line in 1:02.48 and 1:03.61 for 12th place.
Sarah Sartor from Germany claimed gold to secure the overall title with 520 points. Sartor slid runs of 1:00.49 and 1:00.70 for a combined time of 2:01.19. In second was German teammate Sophia Gribel with a total time of 2:01.82 (1:00.83, 1:00.99), who also finished third in standings with 417 points. Elena Yudina from Russia finished third with a two-run total of 2:02.31 (1:00.56, 1:01.75), to lock her in second for overall rank with 486 points.
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1. Sebastian Haupt (GER) 1:57.80 (58.90, 58.90); 2. Alexander Rotte (GER) 1:58.21 (59.07, 59.14); 3. John Daly (USA) 1:58.23 (59.06, 59.17);
1. Sarah Sartor (GER) 2:01.19 (1:00.49, 1:00.70); 2. Sophia Griebel (GER) 2:01.82 (1:00.83, 1:00.99); 3. Elena Yudina (RUS) 2:02.31 (1:00.56, 1:01.75);…11. Cassie Revelli (USA) 2:05.83 (1:03.10, 1:02.73); 12. Rachelle Rasmussen (USA) 2:06.09 (1:02.48, 1:03.61);
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