Feb. 5 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team training quotes

Feb. 05, 2014, 8:35 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 5 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team training quotes

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 5, 2014): The U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team took their first runs at the Sanki Sliding Center during unofficial training today. Here are some of their reactions to day one on the ice:

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah)

How it feels to take his first runs of the Olympics:

“The first day on ice at the Olympics is always exciting. It’s going well so far and I’m getting used to how the ice is built because it’s a little different than when we were here in November for training. It feels really good to be back in the sled for a couple days before we take a break.”

Cory Butner (Yucaipa, Calif.)

On how he felt after his first training runs:

“The ice is a lot different than when we were here last year, it’s colder and the ice is smoother.  There are things we need to work on, but it’s a good sign that we are still fast when we aren’t having clean trips. It’s very exciting to be here, but we’re also really focused on what we need to fix to go even faster.”

Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.)

How conditions are different from when they were last on the track in November:

“Last time we were here it was a little different. We need a couple trips under our belt before we can really get a good assessment of where we are.”

About the difficulty of the 2014 Olympic track compared to other tracks in the world:

“It’s not a very difficult track to get down, but a very difficult track to be fast on. That’s the cool thing about these kinds of tracks as a driver because you’re going to have to work to be the fastest one down the hill.  Whoever wins this race will have to have the fastest starts and is going to have to drive their way to the medals. That’s exciting as a driver.”

Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.)

What her first trip ever felt like down the track:

“The first run down was awesome, I managed to count the whole way down which was really good.”

Why counting corners and understanding where you are in the sled is important for a brakeman:

“It’s really important for me to be able to learn the curves as much as possible. I haven’t been able to slide here as much as the other girls and my learning curve is steep.  Figuring it out on the first day and successfully counting on the way down was good so I know I can be a good rider in addition to a good pusher.”

What it feels like to slide on a long track like the Sanki course:

“It gives you a lot of time to think and that’s hard.  In track and field you don’t have a lot of time to think. If you’re thinking, you’re probably losing. This track, you just feel it, stay focused, hope you’re going fast and talk to yourself.”

Athletes will be available for 10 min. each following the second training run of each session.  The bobsledders have one more unofficial training session on Thursday, Feb. 6 from 9:30 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Men’s bobsled official training begins on Thursday, Feb. 13, and women’s bobsled official training begins on Friday, Feb. 14.

Please contact Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director, at abird@usbsf.com or 719-207-5040 with media inquiries.

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