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Feb 07 USA Bobsled & Skeleton athlete reactions to 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Feb. 07, 2014, 3:04 p.m. (ET)

Contact: Amanda Bird, USBSF Marketing & Communications Director
(518) 354-2250, abird@usbsf.com

USA Bobsled & Skeleton athlete reactions to 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 7, 2014)- Eighteen bobsled and skeleton athletes marched in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia tonight. Here are some of their reactions:

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah), men's bobsled:
"We don't come to Russia often, so it was great to see their culture and history. Each opening ceremony has been different, they always put their hearts and souls into the productions. I like it."

Curt Tomasevicz (Shelby, Neb.), men’s bobsled:
“The third is just as sweet as the first. The walk was my favorite part of course, and seeing the reaction of the first-timers.”

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.), men’s bobsled:
“I’m overwhelmed with joy and pride as I put on my second Olympic uniform. So much sacrifice and effort went into this and I couldn’t be happier.”

Elana Meyers (Douglasville, Ga.), women’s bobsled:
“My favorite part was sharing it with first-timers Aja, Jamie and Jazmine. They were so fired up to walk in; it was truly an amazing moment. It was quite amazing to share this moment with a united team.”

Jamie Greubel (Newtown, Pa.), women’s bobsled:
“It was spectacular. Everything was breathtaking from the lights, costumes, props, dancers and snow falling inside the stadium. It was such a special celebration of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.”

Jazmine Fenlator (Wayne, N.J.), women’s bobsled:
“This is an amazing experience. The emotions I’m going through are indescribable. I’m reminiscing from my childhood watching it on TV saying, ‘I’m going to be there some day, somehow,’ to the years struggling to stay above water, literally, to tending to my sick mom to this very moment.  I’m speechless.  I got goose bumps and tears and just wanted to say, ‘we made it USA, now let’s get some hardware.’”

Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.), men's skeleton:
"Surreal. The anticipation to walk out the tunnel onto the floor was unlike anything else. Stepping out into the light and seeing thousands of people watching is a moment I'll never forget."

Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.), men's skeleton:
"What an amazing experience! I've been dreaming about that moment since I was a kid, but nothing compares to the real thing. Walking into Opening Ceremonies with my friends and teammates was the most memorable, emotional, and exciting moment of my life."

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.), men’s skeleton:
“Tonight is one of the best parts of the Olympic Games, walking into Opening Ceremony. I’m only 5’9,” but tonight I will feel on top of the world as I represent the United States of America.”

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

About the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation
The United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation, based in Lake Placid, N.Y., is the national governing body for the sports of bobsled and skeleton in the United States. The USBSF would like to thank its sponsors, suppliers and contributors for their support: BMW of North America, Century 21 Real Estate, CEVA Logistics, Under Armour, Kampgrounds of America, Boomerang Carnets, 24 Hour Fitness, KBC Helmets, Eastern European Distribution Company, Azad Watches, Latta USA, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Autism Speaks, Park City Lodging, Inc., EDAS/Ripxx, UberSense, Tesa Tape and Ferris Mfg. Corp. For more information, please visit the USBSF website at http://bobsled.teamusa.org.

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