Jayson Terdiman and Matt Mortensen got in their final prep ahead of their Pyeongchang debut Monday and Tuesday.
And they did so with flying colors.
After recording the fourth-fastest time in both the first (46.502 seconds) and second (46.583) training runs on Sunday, the duo turned it up a notch in the final practice runs.
Their third run was much of the same — another fourth-place finish — but it was their fastest time. The Berwick native’s sled came down the Olympic Sliding Centre second in 46.296.
Their fourth run, however, was a statement. While they didn’t record their best time — 46.319, and just 0.099 off the first-place German duo of Toni Eggert and Sascha Benecken — it was the second-fastest run of the round.
The run even piqued the interest of the NBC commentators, who recapped the Monday’s training runs with, “And the USA, Mortensen and Terdiman, they’ve put a stake in the ground. They’ll be in the medal hunt as well.”
But Terdiman and Mortensen didn’t escape Tuesday (Monday evening in Pennsylvania) without a scare.
The pair didn’t finish their first run of the morning, crashing shortly after the third split. However, they were OK and would go on to slide in the sixth and final training run, where they would finish with the fifth-fastest time — a 46.379.