Feb 19 US Olympic Mens Bobsled Team official training quotes

Feb. 19, 2014, 4:16 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 19 U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team official training quotes

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (Feb. 19, 2014)- The U.S. Olympic Men’s Bobsled Team took their first four-man official training runs at the Sanki Sliding Center today. The men have two more official training sessions before four-man bobsled competition begins on Saturday, Feb. 22. Here are some of their reactions:

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah)

How his calf injury impacted training today:

“I feel pretty good and we have an amazing medical staff helping to get me race ready again.  I sat in the sled today and I didn’t actually push. We have a plan set up going into the rest of the week.”

When asked if we’ve seen the best of him yet:

“I sure hope not, I hope my best isn’t bronze, but we’ll see.  It’s going to be a good race, and the Russians are going to be fast again.  They know this track better than anybody.  The Latvians are fast, the Germans are fast, the Brits are fast, the Swiss are fast.  The list goes on, but it’s a tough four-man field. Luckily we’re fast too, so I feel pretty good and I know my team us chomping at the bit to get going.”

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.)

How feels about his teammates’ bronze medal performance in two-man bobsled:

“He won it for us, USA, he won it for all of us. The medal count isn’t Holcomb’s medal count, it’s USA’s medal count. Of course I want it in my own trophy case and I want to win, but at least I get to hang out with the guy that did and I get to train beside him and learn from him.  If there’s anyone that’s all about USA and not personal victory, it’s that guy.”

“We’re all competitors and we’re all here for one reason, and that’s to win.  If I can’t make that happen, then I want it to be one of my teammates.  One of us needs to win. We aren’t wearing our names on our uniforms here, it’s all one team, USA.”

Justin Olsen (San Antonio, Texas)

How he reacted to Steven Holcomb and Steve Langton winning two-man bronze:

“I controlled my emotions a little better this time for two-man.  Last Games I was so ready to race, all the hype, and I just got too worked up.  I remember my heart rate was too high cheering for Holcomb and Curt, but this race I cheered them on, but knew I couldn’t go over the top because I didn’t want to be spent for the rest of the Olympics.”

About how it feels to be training again after several weeks off:

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been on the ice. Nick is doing a great job and I’m not worried about anything. We’re excited to be sliding the quad again and can’t wait to start racing.”

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