TeamUSA.org: Skeleton 2010-11 Preview

The following is an excerpt from an article posted at TeamUSA.org:

John Daly barely had time to be the Rookie of the Year when his role quickly turned into veteran on the 2010-11 U.S. skeleton team.

When the U.S. Bobsled and Skeleton Federation announced its five-person World Cup team for the upcoming season, only the 25-year-old Daly and Eric Bernotas, come back with Olympic experience.

One year after a breakout season in which he finished 14th in his debut World Cup season and 17th at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Daly has his sights set on big improvement this season.

“I’d like to be top-three in the overall World Cup this year,” he said. “So it’s a big goal… [But] the ultimate goal would be a gold medal in 2014 in Sochi. It’s far away, but we are already thinking about it.”

Daly, from Smithtown, N.Y., is leading the charge of fresh faces on the U.S. Skeleton team. The team’s two highest finishers at the 2010 Olympics, Noelle Pikus-Pace (fourth place in women’s) and Zach Lund (fifth place in men’s), did not return to the team this year. Pikus-Pace retired after the Olympics, while Lund has taken a year off but ultimately plans to make a run for Sochi.

Meanwhile Katie Uhlaender, who finished 11th in Vancouver, is recovering from surgery on a torn hip labrum and hopes to be back for the second half of the 2010-11 season.

So that opened the door for first-timers Kimber Gabryszak, 30 and Matt Antoine, 25, as well as 2007-08 World Cup team member Annie O’Shea, 23, on this year’s World Cup team.

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