Feb. 11 U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team official training quotes

Feb. 11, 2014, 8:33 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 11 U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team official training quotes

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 11, 2014): The U.S. Olympic Skeleton Team took their third and fourth official training runs at the Sanki Sliding Center today. Here are some of their reactions:

Katie Uhlaender (Breckenridge, Colo.)

About her mentor, Picabo Street:

“She helped me get through a really hard time in 2010 and helped me prepare mentally for what I need to do here, especially today.  I had a whole new approach coming into today’s runs. I was pretty frustrated with training yesterday, I just wasn’t sure what was going on in the track, but she was here at the finish and helped me put it together. She helps my mental confidence she helped me know that I can get on without my dad. It was life changing.”

Matt Antoine (Prairie du Chien, Wisc.)

On whether or not the warmer temperatures are challenging:

“It’s definitely playing a game with us in terms of how to set up our sleds. Today is probably close to what it’s going to be on race day, so we know what we’re trying to prepare for.”

“This isn’t the first time we’ve had warm temperatures this year. We have to rely upon notes from previous races and setups, but being on a different track also changes how you approach it. It’s tough, but we’re doing the best we can. Fortunately we had a couple days already in this weather and we have one more, so it’s at least sufficient time to try to find something that works well.”

John Daly (Smithtown, N.Y.)

About the balance between having fun and staying focused:

“Randy Price, a former slider that passed away many years ago, used to remind us that this is sleigh riding, because you forget that sometimes.  Sometimes I complain about the weather, travel, and then you sit back and realize we’re riding down a hill.  I get to be a kid again for one minute on a mile of ice. I get that time to forget about the world and everything else going on.  A good run is fun.  But as soon as I get on the line, I’m also very focused on what I have to do. I think about each corner as it comes, but you can’t take it too seriously otherwise you’ll tense up.”

Kyle Tress (Ewing, N.J.)

On how he’s handling the pressure of preparing for his first Olympic competition:

“I’m still cool at this point, although I noticed today there was a lot more people at the top. I welcome that, because I don’t want it to be a surprise. I want to know exactly what to expect. I’ve been kind of playing that over again in my head every night trying to put myself in that moment, but it’s so hard to do. I can imagine it all I want, but it doesn’t match up to the real thing.”

Time sheets from today’s training runs can be found here.

Skeleton official training continues tomorrow.  The women train from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and the men follow from 1:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. The women have the first two competitive heats on Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

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