Feb. 20 U.S. Olympic Men's Bobsled Team official training quotes

Feb. 20, 2014, 8:14 a.m. (ET)

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Feb. 20 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 third and fourth four-man official training runs at the Sanki Sliding Center today. The men have one more official training session before four-man bobsled competition begins on Saturday, Feb. 22. Here are some of their reactions:

Steven Holcomb (Park City, Utah)

On his confidence going into the final day of training:

“I feel like an underdog especially after the two-man. (Alexander) Zuhbkov was so fast in the two-man. He hasn’t done a whole lot all season and then he comes out and crushes everyone at the Olympics. And we were like that in North America. Home track advantage is huge. He’s been down the track more than anyone. He knows it.  He can do it four times in a row. It’ll be a challenge. It’s going to be a good race. We’ll do the best we can. It’ll take pressure off us and adds pressure to him. He was so fast in two-man, being in his home country, the flag bearer….you have to win.”

Nick Cunningham (Monterey, Calif.)

Assessing his two-man race:
“To come out here as a first time Olympic pilot is a humbling experience. You get knocked down (in the two man) and get back up. So luckily we have four man to regroup and get after it again.”

About getting ready for the four-man race:
“To be able to go down in training at a race pace on Olympic ice is important. How the crew will react with the temperatures and the conditions. They’ve done a fantastic job. We’re excited. We’ve got a chip on our shoulder this week. We were a last minute qualification so we want to go out there and show the world what we can do.”

Getting more comfortable in the Bo-Dyn Night Train bobsled:
“It’s been a work in progress to get the sled dialed in and the last few races we did that. I think that’s why the results started coming later in the season. When I have a bad drive my guys are there to pick me up. We have good team camaraderie. We have the same goal in mind. We have the work ethic. It’s the best of all worlds. I have to do my job.”

Steve Langton (Melrose, Mass.)

About the push athletes:
“Our team of pushers is a mix of strength, speed and I’m a hybrid mix of both. And it works well. Having the three best on the team doesn’t mean it’ll work well. Chris (Fogt) gives us great speed and velocity from the back heading into curve one.”

Unfinished business here:
“I had a great time over the last two days. Obviously, crossing the finish line and seeing my teammates, collecting my first Olympic medal, it was amazing. The best part is that we still have another shot, and there’s still one guy who doesn’t have an Olympic medal yet and we’re hoping we can get that for him this weekend.”

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