Feb. 13 U.S. Olympic Mens Bobsled Team official training quotes

Feb. 13, 2014, 12:26 p.m. (ET)

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Feb. 13 U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team official training quotes

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 13, 2014): The U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team took their first two-man official training runs at the Sanki Sliding Center today. The men have two more official training sessions before two-man bobsled competition begins on Sunday, Feb. 16. Here are some of their reactions to day one on the ice:

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah)

About how he compares to the Russians on their home track:

“It’s the first time we’ve been on the track with the Russians in a long time, so it’s nice to be able to compare ourselves. It’s hard to say how we compare.  First run they were really fast, second run not so much. I don’t really know what they are doing, but we have our own plan. You can’t really compare yourself, because everyone is trying different setups every day to find the what works best for race day.”

How he feels about the track and what he’s learned so far:

“It’s still a new track to me, and we’re still learning. It’s a huge benefit to watch luge race and now to watch skeleton.  You get to see what they are doing and what makes them fast. We have a little more control than skeleton sleds, so we can see where they are gaining pressure, where they are making up time, and then we can change our lines based on what we see them doing.”

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.)

How it feels to be back on ice after several days off:

“I am so happy to be back on the ice. I started getting a little antsy. A few days off was nice because we got to enjoy the Olympics, but we started getting to the point where we were overthinking things. I can only think about the track for so much before I start over analyzing, so getting back on the ice and putting it all together is really good.”

On how the medal performance by women’s luge athlete Erin Hamlin and the first-day performances by women’s skeleton competitors Noelle Pikus-Pace and Katie Uhlaender has inspired him:

“They are setting the tone for us. Even though we are proud to be named Olympians and we are happy to be representing our country, our country put us here for a reason and that’s to win medals. That’s our goal. That podium is all we have our eyes set on.”

Time sheets from official training are available here.  Athletes will be available for 10 min. each following the second training run of each session.  Women’s bobsled official training starts tomorrow at 9 a.m., followed by the second men’s two-man bobsled training session at 10:50 a.m.  

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