Getting on the right track

The following is an excerpt from an article posted at

Parkite Kimber Gabryszak needed a perfect storm, and boy, did she get one.

This past weekend, the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced its roster for the 2010-2011 World Cup skeleton squad after a set of races at the Utah Olympic Park.

Gabryszak was returning to her home track to sled in the final two rounds of the selection races in hopes of qualifying for the World Cup circuit. After the first two races, which had been held in Lake Placid, N.Y., Gabryszak was in fourth place heading back to Utah.

If she was going to qualify, she was going to need to inch her way in to the top two to qualify for the World Cup.

“I just went into this weekend knowing that if I had a great race I could close the gap,” Gabryszak said.

Gabryszak knew she needed to just forget about her “hard” races in Lake Placid, the flu bug she had been fighting off and just jump on the sled and fly down the hill.

On Friday night, she came in second place.

“I did show that I could slide well and it took a lot of pressure off,” she said.

On Saturday night, she took first, but still stood in third place overall.

Two-time America’s Cup winner Annie O’Shea finished first in the national point ranking in the four-round set, and seasoned veteran Rebecca Sorenson had the second of two certified spots for the World Cup team locked up.

Then, following the race Saturday, Sorenson abruptly decided to take a year off and focus on coaching alongside head coach Tuffy Latour.

“We are excited to have Rebecca on our coaching staff,” Latour said. “She’s one of our most skilled sliders, and our rookie athletes will benefit under her guidance.”

Sorenson will continue to slide with the team, and will eventually compete for a spot on the team once next season’s circuit comes around.

Suddenly, Gabryszak was in the No. 2 slot, and had her ticket to the World Cup roster.

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