PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (KTUU) - Members of the U.S. cross-country ski team checked out the course in Pyeongchang Wednesday, and talked about the preparation they’ve done to succeed at the Winter Olympic games, a sport in which the U.S. has struggled to succeed.
The U.S. women’s cross-country ski team has never won a medal, but came close in Sochi in 2014.
Now five-time Olympian Kikkan Randall, from Anchorage, says the preparations are done, and it’s time to focus.
"Now that we are here at the Olympics all preparations are done, so there is not a lot more training we can do,” Randall said at a press conference for the team. “It's more about keeping the body sharp and loose, so we'll be getting out on hopefully on our skis every day doing a few intervals here and there but once racing gets going we are pretty much focused on that."
Erik Bjornsen, who trains in Alaska, said he plans to get out of the wind during his races.
“I checked out the course yesterday and it’s looking pretty good. There’s plenty of snow out there, believe it or not, and yeah, a little bit of wind, so I am going to tuck in behind some other guys and find my way to the front,” Bjornsen said at a press conference for the team.
Bjornsen’s sister, Sadie, talked about the team spirit the skiers have. "I think suddenly every person on our team believes that any single day they can stand on the podium,” Sadie Bjornsen said, “I think just the confidence that comes from such strength and belief in each other has brought us now to my second Olympics and I am coming here also incredibly excited to have made the team but also so excited to see what we can accomplish."