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

Feb. 05, 2014, 2:33 p.m. (ET)

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

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

Noelle Pikus-Pace (Orem, Utah)

How it feels to be at the Olympic Winter Games:

“It feels great to finally be here on the track doing what we’ve trained years to do. The volunteers have been extremely friendly, we’re surrounded by snowcapped mountains, and it just feels amazing to be at the Olympics.”

Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.)

About the atmosphere in Sochi:

“They have done miracle work on the ice this year.  The volunteers have been phenomenal, and the atmosphere is phenomenal.  Sochi, da!”

“The character of the track is the same, but it’s coming out better now. I appreciate the work the crew has put into this, and everyone will fall in love with this track.”

Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.)

How it feels to get back on ice after more than one week off:

“It felt good to knock the rust off today. The Sochi track has a unique rhythm and it takes a few trips to get back into it. I’m happy with my runs and the condition of the ice was really good.”

Athletes will be available for 10 min. each following the second training run of each session.  The skeleton athletes have one more unofficial training session. The women will slide again on Saturday, Feb. 8 and the men will slide in a session on Sunday, Feb. 9.  Both women’s and men’s skeleton official training begins on Monday, Feb. 10.

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