Summer combine series to kick off in Park City on Saturday
Testing will take place at Park City High School
The Park Record
Living in the Park City area, Zach Lund grew up around winter sports. As a kid, he ski raced and competed in luge.
But it was skeleton that stuck, and that, years later, would get him to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“I love the challenge of skeleton,” he said. “Every day, every run, every track provides a new unique challenge. It was a sport that was constantly pushing me to my mental and physical limits and made me constantly strive to become better. It was a sport that gave me so many amazing experiences and ultimately allowed me to fulfill my dream of being an Olympian.”
For Lund, who finished fifth at the Games, skeleton began with a combine. And now, Park City — the home of many bobsled and skeleton greats and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games — will be hosting the first of nine summer combines across the country leading up to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea. The speed and strength test will take place at 9 a.m. on June 3 at Park City High School.
USABS athletes come from a wide variety of backgrounds, including track and field, football, rowing, bodybuilding, softball and field hockey. Lund played football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and ran track in high school before switching from luge to skeleton.
Following his athletic career, Lund transitioned to coaching and currently coaches the World Cup skeleton team. The sport that he once knew nothing about has become a major part of his life.
“Skeleton has helped make me the person I am today,” Lund said. “It has made me strong physically and mentally, it has made me someone who loves challenges and doing ‘extreme’ things. It has allowed me to travel the world and see and do things most people only dream of. Most importantly it has given me tremendous confidence in myself. I honestly can’t imagine my life without it and recommend trying it to anyone considering doing it.”
Those with Olympic aspirations are encouraged to attend one of the USABS combines, which will take place throughout the summer. For Lund and countless other bobsled and skeleton athletes, the decision certainly paid off.
“Going to a combine can be a little intimidating,” he said. “This is natural. Yes, there are going to be a lot of other great athletes there and yes, you are being critiqued for your abilities but this is just like competition, therefore learn to embrace it and go out there and leave it all on the line.”
Any athlete wishing to participate in the Park City combine must pre-register. For more information, please visit http://www.teamusa.org/USA-Bobsled-Skeleton-Federation/Events/2017/June/03/Park-City-Utah-Combine.
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