This is the coolest thing in the world.
Going down feels like one of those dreams [where you think] you're flying. Your heart's beating fast, you're accelerating around the corner, you swing, and then it's like you're Superman.
Basically, I love the sport. It's the combination of physical explosion, running, focusing, hitting a zone.... The mental state on a sled feels awesome.
Our team has been through the wringer. And people forget that we've got a man who's third in the world, another man who's fourth in the world and me who was fourth in the world. If we all get medals, fantastic. But we don't limit ourselves by any expectations.
I know I could have been on that podium. But I'll take it. My first Olympics, my third season ever in the sport. I'm 21 years old. I've got plenty of time.
It's all about how you handle it and I think that's part of being an elite-level athlete. Anyone in life has problems that they deal with in situations. It's all about your mentality. That's how you win this sport. When a bad situation comes up or when you make a mistake, you've got to handle it smoothly.
He reminds me to not worry and to stick things out. His first at-bat was in Yankee Stadium in front of 60,000 people with Mickey Mantle in center field and he had to step out of the batter's box. But he realized those same champions took the same first steps that he was taking.
He just wanted to let me know that he was potentially not coming on tour with me. He understood that I didn't want to get involved.
It is unfortunate that Tim will not be with us, and it would be great to have him there. But this season has been full of surprises and crazy situations. It is nothing that our team can't handle.
We've been through a lot. I'm going to continue as I have throughout the season, doing the best I can and focusing on the one race that counts in February.