Women’s bobsled reactions to the Olympic track
Reactions offered by women’s Olympic bobsledders in interviews
with The Associated Press about the track at the Whistler Sliding
Center, the sliding venue for the Vancouver Games:
“It can’t get much faster because then it’s getting dangerous.
If you crash, then the consequences are much bigger. Too big.” –
Belgian driver Elfje Willemsen.
“It’s a challenging track. However, it is an exciting track to
drive, and it’s great that the Olympic champion is going to be the
ultimate slider. So the team that starts the best, drives the best
… it’s going to test everybody and that’s fantastic for the
sport.” – British driver Nicola Minichiello.
“I was in love with this track from first time.” – Romanian
driver Carmen Radenovic.
“It’s not that it’s just too hard. It’s definitely a challenge,
and every time you go down you don’t know if you’re going to make
it or not. But I think that’s part of the sport, and that’s how
it’s grown in the sport. Faster is better. You know, that’s what
they’re looking at.” – USA-2 driver Erin Pac.
“When you hit that take-on going into 12, it’s just all the
alarms are going off in your head. ‘Mayday! Mayday! Mayday!’ And
the maydays don’t stop until you hit 16.” – USA-3 driver Bree
“We’ve talked a lot about the track, but there’s no worry. We
talk about how it’s difficult, but that’s normal when you go to a
new track. There’s always discussion about how you want to do that,
but nothing about worries.” – Swiss driver Sabina Hafner.
“I would say that we are the most comfortable on the track, so
we’re biased. But we also know when the track is safe or hard, and
right now, it’s really good.” – Canadian driver Helen
“I think how everyone is talking right now is getting into
everyone’s heads. I think that’s the only issues. The more people
that are talking about it, and yes, it is a fast track. But every
track its challenges and for certain athletes can handle the
challenges and other athletes can’t.” – Canadian brakeman Heather
“We’re here to do a job. It’s fast, and it does pose its
challenges. And that’s the No. 1 challenge here. Whoever embraces
that challenge best will be the winner at the end.” – Canadian
driver Kaillie Humphries.
“Get rid of corner 13. Other than that, that’s the only
thing.” – Australian driver Astrid Loch-Wilkinson, describing how
she would change the track if she could.
“It’s one of those kind of tracks that make you aware of the
dangers of your sport. … We’ve had plenty of trips down here,
well, as much as they’ve allowed, and we’ve been successful so I
feel safe. … I’ve had really bad crashes on other tracks, so I
don’t feel this one is any more dangerous.” – U.S. brakeman Elana
“It was my fault. It wasn’t the track’s fault.” – Britain’s
Paula Walker, after crashing.