Feb. 6 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team training quotes

Feb. 06, 2014, 7:11 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 6 U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team training quotes

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 6, 2014): The U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team took their third and fourth runs during the second day of unofficial training at the Sanki Sliding Center today. Here are some of their reactions to today’s training:

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah)

On why getting to Russia early is beneficial:

“We are in the routine and know what’s going on, so it’s kind of nice.  We know how to get to the dining hall, where to get the bus, etc. I think it’s about a 10-minute walk to the dining hall, and it’s OK going down, but you definitely need a shuttle going up. You’re heavier going up anyway after eating.”

How he is adapting to the ice conditions:

“You’re constantly adapting as a driver, and I think it’s where my ski racing comes into play. In ski racing the course changes every day. You inspect the course and have a line in mind. It’s the same thing here.  You have the perfect line in mind, but you have to adapt and change what you’re doing.”

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.)

On how he’s handling the first training runs at the Olympics:

“I’m trying to go at it like it’s another World Cup race. When I start realizing where I’m at, my eyes get wide and I try to change things.  I just need to go into this just like every competition, because it’s worked well for us this season.”

Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.)

About the difference in conditions from November to now:

“Coming to this track we’re just excited. With our coaching staff and the runs we’ve taken, we are prepared to adapt to any environment.”

Regarding who is a favorite to win the women’s race:

“For these Games there are predictions, but at the end of the day, it’s the Olympics.  There are four runs, and anything can happen.”

About the women’s pairing announcement later today:

“We’ve grown as a team and as a wolf pack, and at the end of the day we all know that we have the best brakeman in the world representing us on the world’s stage for the Olympics. However that pairing is, you have some type of bond with them.  All three of us are going to be standing on the line knowing we put the work in and we’ve been pushing each other to the max, and hopefully we will get to the bottom and see 1-2-3.”

Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.)

About the difference in conditions from November to now:

“The track is definitely a little different, and we are still working on different lines and trying to find the best combination. We went a little harder today, so we didn’t take exactly the same approach as yesterday, but I think we have the end goal in mind of working through everything now so by the Games we’ll have everything fine tuned.”

Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.)

About the women’s pairing announcement later today:

“I’m excited to start working with my team and see what happens. The good news is that we have three great brakemen, and that’s the best scenario.  Regardless of who is in my sled, I’m going to have a great push. That’s a very comforting feeling.”

On whether the women still believe they can sweep the medals:

“We’re going for it. We have the brakeman, we have the equipment, and now it’s figuring out this track.”

What makes a great driver:

“The best drivers in the world aren’t the driver with the best plan A. Everyone has the same plan A. It’s the driver with the best plan B, C and can really adapt to the situation.”

Athletes will be available for 10 min. each following the second training run of each session. The bobsledders will have a break until official training gets underway. Men’s bobsled official training begins on Thursday, Feb. 13, and women’s bobsled official training begins on Friday, Feb. 14.

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