SOCHI, Russia -- The fastest sport on ice hit the mountains of Sochi Wednesday with American women in pursuit of medals. Not only is the competition spirit healthy, but the women are all equally excited about Sochi.
“I think it’s a beautiful place. To be able to have palm trees and sun shining at the coast, and go up to the mountains where our village is and the Sanki Sliding Center -- having snow around is awesome,” Jazmine Fenlator tells Dave Wagner.
The team calls it the best of both worlds. But it’s not all about nature. Their heads are on the bobsleds.
“I called it a roller coaster with no seat belts initially, but it’s becoming a more fun ride for me,” Lauryn Williams, a now silver medalist, laughs, and Dave questions her.
“Now more fun?”
“Well you got to learn the curves, you got to be able to move with the curves. When the drivers hit something, you got to absorb that resistance, so it’s kind of a tough thing sometimes. But mostly, it’s a fun ride.”
For Lolo Jones, she isn’t just known for bobsledding. She ran track and field in the summer games. It’s not only a difference in sport, but a difference in dynamic. Jones says the sport change isn’t the hardest part.
“That was the biggest change – trying to read six other teammates at all times, and know their ins. It’s crazy. Track and field is individual so it’s good to have a new atmosphere” she says. The team laughs they get along just for the cameras, but say they do get along well.
All of them say bobsledding is a challenge, no matter what – not to mention scary.
“For me, it felt like I got put in a tin can and pushed off a cliff,” Jaime Greubel says of her first time in a bobsled. “It was horrible. I didn’t even think that I was going to continue to pursue bobsled.”
The fear dissipated though. The women say they’re in the trenches together competing for a sport they love. The team took home silver and bronze medals.