Feb. 9 U.S. Olympic Mens Skeleton Team training quotes

Feb. 09, 2014, 1:38 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 9 U.S. Olympic Men’s Skeleton Team training quotes

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 9, 2014): The U.S. Olympic Men’s Skeleton Team took their final unofficial training runs at the Sanki Sliding Center this morning. The women and men begin official training tomorrow. The women train from 9-10:30 a.m., and the men are on course from 11:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Here’s what Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.) had to say today:

How it felt to walk into opening ceremony:

“It was emotional and a little bit overwhelming. I’ve been waiting for that moment for a long time; it’s been about 12 years. Everyone told me and sort of warned me before going in to not look through the camera viewfinder the whole time, but I don’t know how anyone can do that. You walk in and it’s so massive.”

How he feels about his season leading into the Olympics:

“I’ve been making a lot of progress this season. I feel like there were some setbacks early, but I put that behind me and if anything I’m kind of thankful that that happened because it taught me that I can keep moving forward, I can keep progressing.”

About the feeling he has on the Sanki track:

“A track like this I think suits my sliding style really well. It’s got the three uphill sections. Guys that are a little bit heavier tend to do well here. It’s got some technical portions, which I also like. It’s important to drive it well. All three of us are clicking with the track, and it’s 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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