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U.S. ski team prepares for Sochi halfpipe

SOCHI, Russia – Athletes completed the final training for halfpipe skiing Monday despite fog at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
SOCHI, Russia – Athletes completed the final training for halfpipe skiing Monday despite fog at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The first-ever men’s medal event for halfpipe skiing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games is scheduled for Tuesday Feb. 18.

Team USA starters for the men’s event include David Wise, Torin Yater-Wallace, Aaron Blunck and Lyman Currier.

“I feel pretty good headed in. I don’t really like setting expectations for myself, but I’m hoping to just ski the best I can and feel good about my skiing,” said Yater-Wallace.

Wise says now he is finally focusing on the task at hand.

"We were here early. We’ve been having the Olympic experience and just getting a little bit distracted. So for the last couple of days I’ve receded back into my own zone and have been getting myself back into normal contest mode. I spend less time watching things and more time on my own, visualizing my runs. I’m thinking about skiing more often and just getting excited for it. I have a run that I’ve been hoping to do all year, and I’m looking forward to doing it here in Sochi. So I’m just going to focus on the things I can control and go out and enjoy it."




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