It may feel like summer outside, but winter is on the mind in Lake Placid as members of the USA luge team hit the ice to start their season. As our Barry Wygel tells us, the athletes have one goal in mind.
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- It's every athlete's dream: To represent their country in the Olympic games. For the members of the USA luge team, turning that dream into a reality has never been closer.
"I just want to make the Olympic team this year. It's been the focus all summer and it's what I have been training for for six years," said Aidan Kelly, a member of the USA luge team.
But on Tuesday, as the luge season officially began, the athletes had to push the Olympic dreams from their mind and focus on the task at hand.
"You never really know how much you miss sliding until you get back onto the ice," said Kelly.
"A good start to the season is always a good omen for how the rest of the season will go," said Summer Britcher, a member of the team.
Over the next four months, the 20 members of the USA luge team will compete in a variety of competitions and the final 10 will compete in the Olympic games in February.
"I really don't think about it. I just try to think confidently, visualize being there. I think visualization is a big part of success," said Kelly.
"The athletes were excited to get on the ice today and it was good to see them on the ice again," said Mark Grimmette, USA luge sports programs director.
The athletes are in good hands. The five-time Olympian and two-time medalist says he has high hopes for the season.
"That's what we are working towards," Grimmette responded when asked if he'll bring back any medals in February.
As the athletes slide down the mountain that hosted the 1932 and 1980 Olympics, it's a safe bet they'll put every effort into each and every run.
Before heading to Sochi in February, members of the team will compete in Norway and in Utah.