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November 19, 2017

US bobsledders prepare for 2018 Winter Olympics


US bobsledders prepare for 2018 Winter Olympics

Vanessa Misciagna NBC5 News TODAY Anchor/Reporter US bobsledders prepare for 2018 Winter Olympics Share Shares…


US bobsledders prepare for 2018 Winter Olympics

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WEBVTT TRAINING HAPPENS, THE GARAGE.IF PERFECTION CAN BE CREATEDANYWHERE, MORE OFTEN THAN NOT,IT’S IN A GARAGE.>> WHEN WE ARE GOING INTO A RACETHEY WILL LOOK LIKE A POLISHEDPIECE OF CHROME.VANESSA: THAT’S WHERE YOU’LLFIND USA MEN’S BOBSLED TEAMTHESE DAYS.>> YOU SPEND A LOT OF TIME ANDTHE GARAGE, WHERE METALS ARE WONAND LOST LOOKING FOR THAT LITTLEBIT OF TIME.VANESSA: WHEN THEY’RE NOTSPEEDING DOWN ICE, MEMBERS OTEAM USA ARE HERE ROLLING UP, THEIR JUMPSUITS, DOING THEIROWN MAINTENANCE IN A SPORT THEYDESCRIBE IN TWO WORDS.>> THIS IS DEFINITELY ABLUE-COLLAR SPORT.>> IT IS A BLUE-COLLAR SPORT.>> YOU LEARN HOW TO BE VERYBLUE-COLLAR.VANESSA: THAT MEANS ATHLETESAREN’T JUST THE ENGINE BEHINDTHEIR EQUIPTMENT, THEY’RE THEONES POLISHING AND SHAPING.>> WHAT DO WE NEED TO DO TOBECOME BETTER, AND THAT ISTHINGS WE DO OFF THE TRACK.VANESSA: PERFECTING EVERY LAST INCH OF IT.>> WE WANT TO MAKE SURE NOTHINGIS HOLDING US BACK AND WE CAN GOAS FAST AS POSSIBLE.VANESSA: AS WELL AS THEIR MOVES,TURNING PRACTICE INTO PUREINSTINCT. 12 BRAKEMEN AND THREE– INSTINCT.>> WE HAVE TO DO IT THOUSANDS OFTIMES HERE AND AS MANY TIMES ASWE CAN ON THE ICE.WE GET THAT RHYTHM DOWN TO THEPOINT WHERE WE CAN JUST LOADTHEM AND THEN IT IS JUSTREACTION.VANESSA: 12 BRAKEMEN AND THREEPILOTS HAVE BEEN NAMED TO TEAMUSA, BUT WHO’S GOING IN WHICHSLED IN THE OLYMPICS, THAT ISSTILL UP IN THE AIR. >> WE ARE WORKING EXTREMELY HARDTO MOVE THE PUZZLE PIECES AROUNDTO MAKE SURE WE DO GET THREESLEDS AT THE OLYMPIC GAMES.VANESSA: AND THE BY-PRODUCT OFTHESE HOURS SPENT MOLDINGTHEMSELVES, THEIR GEAR, TOPERFECTION –>> IT DEFINITELY BUILDS TEAM,RODERICK.>> ALL OF THOSE THINGSCONTRIBUTE TO THE TEAM CHEMISTRYAND DYNAMIC.VANESSA: IS THE GRINDING ANDSHAPING OF A TRUE TEAM. >> WE HAVE A GREAT, SOLID GROUPAND A GROUP THAT WE WILL TRY TOPUT TOGETHER THE BEST CRUISEPOSSIBLE AND EVERYONE WORKINGTOGETHER, THAT IS WHERE THATFAMILY TAKES — COMES IN.VANESSA: WHICH MIGHT JUST BE THE

USA Men’s Bobsled National Team members show how they polish and shape their equipment as they prepare for the Olympic games.

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