SLC’s Lund on U.S. team

The following is an excerpt from an article originally posted at sltrib.com:

Zach Lund cleared an important hurdle in his quest to reach the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, qualifying for the national skeleton team at the Utah Olympic Park on Saturday.

But it didn’t come without a cost.

The Salt Lake City native severely aggravated his hamstring injury while finishing second in the final trials race Saturday, putting him in jeopardy of not being ready for the start of the World Cup season next month at the Olympic Park. He had applied for the lone available injury waiver to skip the qualifying races, but the U.S. Bobsled & Skeleton Federation gave it instead to Eric Bernotas, based on his faster time in the first trials race.

“It’s a relief to be on the team, and I’m glad I made it through this challenge,” Lund said. “But my hamstring is really, really bad right now. … If we had to go again tomorrow, I’d be through.”

Lund will join Orem’s Noelle Pikus-Pace on the national team, and both will have the chance to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team with their performances on the World Cup circuit. Bobsled drivers Steve Holcomb of Park City and Shauna Rohbock of Orem already were assured of making the team, based on their world championship success last season.

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