MORE MIND GAMES
"With two laps to go, your legs are burning, your lungs are hurting, your whole body, everything right down to your fingernails, everything hurts. You have to let your mind take over your body. You've got to just override everything. You know you can do it because you've been there before thousands of times in workouts. The last eight years of my life, I've been working for these last couple laps. I know I can do it."
- Rusty Smith, Olympic hopeful, short track speed skating
FLEXIBLE FLIER TIMES 10
Salt Lake marks the Olympic return of skeleton after a 54-year absen
ce. With its metal sled and snot-smearing descent, the sport looks, at first glance, a lot like your neighborhood downhill run, only it was the rare Flexible Flier that hit speeds of 80 miles per hour.
"It's very intense," understates skeleton slider Chris Soule. "Your chin is an inch from the ice and you're whipping up on curves - sometimes you're up on a wall for as long as five seconds - and you're trying to control the sled. There are trips where I've gone down, and I don't remember them."
Park City local athlete Tricia Stumpf (women's skeleton) knows Park City, Salt Lake City (she attended the University of Utah), and a good meal deal.
In Park City:
"Mikado, on Main Street. Incredible sushi. Off Main Café. The best breakfast in town. Every day they have a quiche special and they make freshly baked bread. You get coffee in huge mugs. It's a phenomenal gourmet breakfast."
In Salt Lake City:
"Café Trang. Killer Vietnamese food. It's on Main Street. It's like $8 for this enormous plate of food. I think their menu has 200 dishes. I'm still eating new things, and I've been going there for 10 years."